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Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 1985
A Supreme Court ruling of January 1985 reversed a New Jersey Supreme Court decision of March 1984, which found a student search violated the Fourth Amendment. The reversal by the Supreme Court leaves unanswered some important questions about school searches. (MD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Search and Seizure, Secondary Education, Student Rights
Railsback, Charles – American School Board Journal, 1985
To make sure students' time in school is used efficiently and advantageously, some simple ways to improve time use are suggested. It is important to assess time use to ensure that a school schedules enough time for basics, is using learning time and teaching time well, and is not duplicating subject matter. (MD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Athletics, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities
Maurer, Kenneth H. – American School Board Journal, 1985
An Illinois school district describes seven ways it has successfully encouraged parent participation at school events. (MD)
Descriptors: Awards, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities, Incentives
Sanders, Jo Shuchat – American School Board Journal, 1985
Describes causes of the gender gap in the use of computers in school programs. Provides seven suggestions for policy enactment by school boards to address the problems of sex equity in school computer use. (MD)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Computer Literacy, Computers, Elementary Secondary Education
Uhrmacher, P. Bruce – American School Board Journal, 1985
Describes how three Colorado school systems joined together and set up a dropout prevention commission that used a seven-step approach to work at reducing student dropout rates. (MD)
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropout Rate, Dropouts
Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 1985
A federal district court judge in Iowa ruled that an education service agency unreasonably denied equal employment opportunity to a handicapped applicant for a teaching position. The agency based its decision on the candidate's inability to meet physical requirements for job functions that the court held nonessential. (PGD)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Disabilities, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
Ficklen, Ellen – American School Board Journal, 1985
The pros and cons of financial disclosure laws of varying strictness and their effects on school board members are discussed. Recent trends are noted and a tabulation is provided of the statutory requirements concerning disclosure of personal finances and campaign contributions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (PGD)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Responsibility, Privacy
Myres, John – American School Board Journal, 1985
Describes the characteristics and benefits of a policy adopted by the school board of the Placer Union High School District in Auburn, California, requiring all teachers to provide written orientation materials covering class procedures to all students each year. (PGD)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Orientation Materials, School Orientation, Secondary Education
Smith, Roland M. – American School Board Journal, 1985
Fifteen ideas used in the Plainfield (Illinois) schools for saving money and improving instruction are discussed and their costs described. The ideas include hosting specialized conferences and charging outside participants to cover costs; sharing personnel, facilities, and their costs with outside agencies; and providing special, low-cost…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Cooperation
Hill, Steele – American School Board Journal, 1985
The 121st Engineers of the Maryland National Guard volunteered their time to repair, renovate, improve, and build school facilities for Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. (PGD)
Descriptors: Government School Relationship, High Schools, Military Organizations, Public Relations
Crawford-Clark, Brenda – American School Board Journal, 1985
School districts in Dallas, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, successfully encouraged corporations to play an active part in education by adopting schools. The characteristics and benefits of the two programs are briefly described, and some steps to ensure smooth cooperation between school and business personnel are suggested. (PGD)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Cooperative Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, School Business Relationship
Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 1985
Reviews a Pennsylvania higher court decison in which a student sued the school board for reducing her grades as punishment for misconduct during a school outing. The court found in the student's favor. The punishment must fit the crime. (MD)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Court Litigation, Discipline Policy, Grading
McCormick, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1985
Reviews a survey of asbestos in the schools and the status of asbestos regulations enforcement policy. Reviews the status of asbestos litigation and recovery of abatement costs. Provides suggestions for choosing asbestos abatement contractors. (MD)
Descriptors: Asbestos, Construction Materials, Court Litigation, Educational Environment
McCormick, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1985
Presents factors to consider in deciding whether to have a school be included in the national class action suit that is being brought against 54 asbestos manufacturers. (MD)
Descriptors: Asbestos, Construction Materials, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education
Williams, John M. – American School Board Journal, 1985
Describes a program using talking computers with disabled students. Those computers bolster learning in several ways: active learning, individualized instruction, feedback and reinforcement, opportunity for success, lowered frustration, motivation, and classroom management. (MD)
Descriptors: Autism, Blindness, Computer Assisted Instruction, Disabilities
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