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The Hempstead, Tex., school board has reversed a policy that barred four pregnant students from a high school cheerleading squad.

The action came after the National Organization for Women filed a complaint with the U.S. Education Department, charging that the district's policy barring pregnant or parenting students from elected positions violated a law banning sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. (See Education Week, Nov. 3, 1993.)

The new policy adopted by the board allows the pregnant students to petition for reinstatement to the squad, with a doctor's note confirming their physical ability to take part in the activity. So far, none of the girls has asked to rejoin the squad.

A group of New York City parents staging a sit-in at their children's Brooklyn elementary school to protest the disruption caused by the district's asbestos crisis have agreed to leave the building, after a judge ordered an end to the takeover and the school district secured a permanent meeting place for the students.

Most of the 1,200 students from Public School 156 reported to a neighboring school last week, said Frank Sobrino, a spokesman for the central board of education.

The students are expected to remain at that site for at least a year, until the asbestos cleanup at P.S. 156 is completed.

Dozens of parents and some students began occupying the first floor of the school on Oct. 18, camping out overnight. (See Education Week, Oct. 27, 1993.)

Vol. 13, Issue 10

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