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In Brief - Education - Sept. 28, 2012

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From The Associated Press

NMSU president on leave
LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico Board of Regents is declining to say why the president of one of the state’s major universities is on leave.
A New Mexico State University spokeswoman confirmed to the Las Cruces Sun-News that president Barbara Couture is on leave. But Minerva Baumann did not specify if the leave was paid or unpaid or for administrative, personal or medical reasons.
Baumann also said in an email Tuesday that the regents had no comment but would follow the rules of the Open Meetings Act regarding any personnel decisions.
The statement came a few days after a closed-door regents meeting to discuss unspecified personnel and legal matters.
Two regents and the student board member all declined comment to the Sun-News.

Hobbs facing teacher shortage
HOBBS — A housing crisis and a booming oil industry in Hobbs are being blamed for a teacher shortage at the city’s schools.
KRQE-TV reports that district officials say Hobbs Municipal Schools needs to fill 18 positions immediately.
The superintendent says the shortage is the result of some teachers quitting to go work for the oil industry, which pays more. The school chief says some teachers also have not been able to find affordable housing in the area.
Officials say with the oil industry there booming, there are not enough homes, apartments or even hotel rooms to go around.
The superintendent says they are quickly working to fill the teaching positions.

Principal suspended
NEW HAVEN, Conn.  — A New Haven school principal has been suspended without pay for three days after a school district investigation found preferential treatment was given to some student athletes.
The school system announced the disciplinary action Wednesday against Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina. He says he’s been targeted because he didn’t support the mayor’s re-election. Mayor John DeStefano Jr. says those claims are a distraction.
School system spokeswoman Abbe Smith said the probe followed a whistleblower complaint by an assistant principal. It found among other things that two athletes were given twice as many credits as other students for summer school classes and one student athlete was improperly promoted.
Four others were handed two-day suspensions on Tuesday, including the head of the summer program, the football coach and two other administrators.

Illness forces school closure
ASHMORE, Ill.  — The elementary school in the central Illinois community of Ashmore was closed after half its 100 students failed to show up.
Community Unit School District No. 1 Superintendent Jim Littleford said Wednesday that in addition to 51 students, five of the school’s staff also reported a flu-like illness.
Littleford said the Coles County Health Department suggested a thorough cleaning of the school Wednesday, which will allow it to reopen Thursday.
Littleford said officials are urging sick students to see physicians. Parents were urged to inform school officials of test results because it could help with an investigation into the cause of the illness.

College spikes story about arrest
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A student newspaper at a Christian college in Dayton planned to write a story about a Biblical studies professor who resigned after being arrested on attempted child molestation charges, but the story was spiked by the college president.
So Alex Green, the 22-year-old editor of the student newspaper at Bryan College, instead posted fliers around campus about the arrest of David Morgan, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
Morgan resigned this summer after he was arrested by officers in an FBI sting and accused of meeting two underage girls at a gas station in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.