Magazine article Techniques

State Update

Magazine article Techniques

State Update

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State Update features education news at the state and local levels. Readers are encouraged to send submissions to: Techniques, 1410 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314 fax 703-683-7424 or e-mail acte@acteonline.org.

MASSACHUSETTS--In a project that embodies many of the organization's ideals, former state SkillsUSA-VICA president Kerry Foley is leading a statewide coastline cleanup effort.

`SkillsUSA-VICA has taught me that taking part in our community is a vitally important part of our existence as human beings," Foley told Connect, one of the organization's newsletters.

She currently attends the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, where she enrolled in an environmental studies course. A requirement of the course is to organize a project that addresses environment concerns.

Foley organized beach cleanups in Maine and at Humarock Beach in Scituate, Mass., with the help of the local SkillsUSA-VICA chapter. The cleanup led to the effort's adoption as the official state community service project. Every SkillsUSA-VICA chapter nationwide now will commit to some form of community service dedicated to the environment.

NEW YORK--Free press at Freeport? After being in print for 80 years and earning the title of the oldest student newspaper on Long Island, N.Y., Flashings, the newspaper for Freeport High School, is off the presses.

In a decision that has sparked a First Amendment controversy, the administrators at Freeport removed Ira J. Schildkraut, a social studies teacher at the school, from his position as adviser of Flashings. Administrators criticized articles run in the paper concerning a 1998 incident involving the arrest of the track coach for allegedly touching student athletes inappropriately.

Removing Schildkraut violates the newspaper's editorial policy, which says that student editors may select the adviser. Freeport administrators have since rewritten the statement to reserve hiring privileges and exert control over editorial content.

School board members will vote on the new editorial policy, but the futures of Schildkraut and Flashings are still unclear.

NORTH CAROLINA--Overturning a 30-year-old federal Supreme Court decision, a Charlotte district judge ruled that the city may no longer use busing to achieve racial diversity in its schools. …

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