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In Brief - Education - March 30, 2012

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From The Associated Press

No-contest plea for ex-teacher

LOS LUNAS — A former Belen teacher has pleaded no contest to two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after authorities say he tried to lure a 15-year-old girl into having alcoholic drinks with him.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 42-year-old Manuel G. Martinez III pleaded to the charges Tuesday.

Los Lunas police arrested Martinez last March after police used a teenage girl’s phone to send text messages to Martinez.

A police officer, posing as the teen, arranged a meeting at Walmart in Los Lunas in what Martinez believed was supposed to be a meeting between him and the girl.

A Valencia County assistant district attorney asked a judge to run Martinez’s sentences consecutive. Sanchez faces a sentence ranging from probation to three years in prison.

School board: No kilt at prom
GRANITE CITY, Ill.  — A southwestern Illinois school district has denied a student’s request to wear a kilt to senior prom in recognition of his family’s Scottish heritage.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Granite City School Board on Tuesday said no a second time 19-year-old William Carruba’s request to wear the frock he bought made out of his family’s tartan.

School administrators say the kilt is nontraditional and doesn’t fit into the district’s dress code.

Carruba says he understands the decision and will wear pants.

The denial of Carruba’s request had led to some public outcry on blogs and social media.

Carruba attended Tuesday’s meeting in his new kilt and apologized for the attention the issue has brought the school.

Mom wants dog in class
GIBSONIA— A suburban Pittsburgh woman is fighting a school district’s decision to deny her autistic son the use of a service dog. District officials say they are still evaluating the situation.

Jennifer Forsyth says she asked the Pine Richland School District last fall to allow the animal to accompany her 8-year-old son to class.

She tells The Associated Press the dog is critical to her son’s well-being.

District spokesman Tony DiTommaso says school officials determined there is no educational need for the dog because the boy is making progress.

But he says they are re-evaluating the request in light of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A spokesman for Rep. Jason Altmire, who represents the area in Congress, says his office has notified the Justice Department’s disability rights division about the dispute.