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The Ohio state controlling board has approved a $75.7 million loan to the Cleveland school district to enable it to avoid bankruptcy and possible state receivership. (See Education Week, Nov. 18, 1992.)

The state agreed to guarantee a six-year loan for the district after a state auditor certified that it faces a $75.7 million deficit and state education department officials recommended granting the loan request.

Under the leadership of a new superintendent and treasurer, the Cleveland district has agreed to cut costs by $22 million a year in the immediate future and to attempt to achieve additional savings.

The Clark County, Nev., school board has approved a plan to develop new schools to reduce the busing of black children out of their neighborhoods in western Las Vegas.

The board endorsed the plan last month, despite objections from the teachers' union and concerns about its cost and whether it would violate federal desegregation rules.

Superintendent Brian M. Cram had proposed the plan in response to school boycotts and other protests from West Las Vegas parents who wanted to keep their children in neighborhood schools. Under a desegregation plan adopted by the district in 1972, the district had been busing 6th graders into "6th-grade centers'' in West Las Vegas, while busing children of other ages out of the neighborhood.

The new plan calls for the West Las Vegas schools to house innovative programs that neighborhood children in pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade, as well as grade 6, would have the option of attending. (See Education Week, Nov. 4, 1992.)

Vol. 12, Issue 16

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