Ex-NSTA Official Ordered To Repay Federal Money

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A former official of the National Science Teachers Association has been ordered to pay the U.S. Department of Justice nearly $20,000 he embezzled from a federally funded science-education project.

Russell Aiuto, the NSTA's former director of research and development, oversaw the $1.9 million middle school portion of the Scope, Sequence, and Coordination initiative financed by the National Science Foundation.

Mr. Aiuto, who pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington to one count of theft, said he had not intended to take the money. He attributed the incident to carelessness.

Religion in Schools: Helping parents understand how religion may be addressed in schools is the goal of a new 16-page booklet.

"A Parent's Guide to Religion in the Public Schools" was released last week by the National PTA and the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. It deals with such questions as when students may pray and how religious holidays should be treated.

Free copies are available from the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, Attn: Parent's Guide, 1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville, Tenn. 37212.

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