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Teachers
in Texas
take tests
for jobs

AUSTIN, Texas - About 200,000 teachers, principals and
other Texas educators faced their own no-pass no-play rule
yesterday as they took a test to determine whether they read
and write well enough to keep their jobs.
Texas approved a public school reform law in 1984, joining
Arkansas and Georgia in requiring teachers and other school
officials to take literacy tests.
THE REFORM measure included a no-pass no-play rule
that bars students from extracurricular activities if they fail
any class.
Texas educators who don't pass the test by June 30 will lose
their teaching certificates and jobs. A second test for those
who failed the first exam will be given June 28.
National Computer Systems Inc., an Iowa. testing com-
pany, will grade the exams and teachers will be told by May 1
only if they pass or fail.

STATE EDUCATION officials predicted about 10,000
teachers would fail the first test. The commissioner of
education may grant a one-year emergency waiver to teachers
who fail both tests, but any other appeals would have to be
made through the courts.
Most educators said the test - 55 multiple choice questions,
30 on writing skills, and a 150-word essay - was easy. The
passing grade is 75 percent.
"Piece of cake," said fourth-grade teacher Patti Turman of
Austin, the first to finish. "I feel a lot of my students could
have answered a lot of those questions."
STUDENTS HAD the day off while their teachers were
tested.
"Honestly, I don't see how a person who fails this test could
have ever gotten a degree at any college," said Al Marten, a
Texas Education Agency employee.

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 11, 1986 -Page 3'
But State Education Commissioner William Kirby, who was
required to take the test because he holds a teaching cer-
tificate, took more than two hours to finish.
"EVERYONE IS taking their time, being careful," Kirby
said.
"There's a lot riding on those tests. Folks' jobs are riding on
these. Mine too."
Many teachers were insulted at taking a test to keep their
jobs. State teaching certificates were issued for a lifetime
before the 1984 law.
"After graduating from college and taking all those tests,
why go back and take an eighth-grade test?" asked Houston
high school teacher Linda Savell.
The Texas State Teachers Association challenged the test as
illegal, but State District Judge Harley Clark refused to block
the exam. The teacher group appealed.

SACUA addresses sexual harassment

THu

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What's happening
around Ann Arbor

(Continued from Page 1)
"I WENT to SACUA because I felt
the policy that we were working under
needed some amplification from the
faculty," Nordby said last night.
She then declined to specify these
revisions, and later called the Univer-
sity's policy "adequate."
The University's policy on sexual
harassment consists of a statement

approved in 1980 by President Harold
Shapiro, which criticizes sexual
harassment and threatens
"disciplinary actions" for offenders.
ALTHOUGH Nordby said sexual
harassment is "a problem
everywhere," she refused to give
examples of sexual harassment on
campus.
The SACUA draft centers on three

forms of sexual exploitations: coer-
cive, offensive, and consenting.
SACUA members listed examples of
offensive sexual exploitation a
professor slipping a nude photo of a
woman into a slide presentation, or
calling exclusively on one sex in class.
"Given the increased number of
women on college campuses, and
given the changing style of relation-

ships in society . . . too often consen-
ting relationships aren't truly consen-
ting," Loup said.
SACUA president Robert Green
said he hopes the statement will in-
crease awareness of sexual
harassment among faculty and
students.
"Students need to realize that they
can say cool it' " without feeling,
coerced, Green said.

Campus Cinema
The 24th Annual Ann Arbor 16mm
Film Festival CG, 7, 9, and 11 p.m.,
Mich. This is the oldest film festival
in North America dedicated to in-
dependant and experimental
cinema. The festival starts today
and runs to Sunday, which is win-
ners night. There will beover 80 films
open to public screening. A must for
all film buffs.
Performances
Avanti Chamber Players '-
Kerrytown Concert House, 8 p.m.,
Fourth Ave., (769-2999).
This new reprtory company will
perform all string pieces tonight in-
cluding Mozart's Divertimento for
String Trioin F-flat Major.
San Francisco Symphony -
University Musical Society, 8 p.m.,
Hill Auditorium, (665-3717 ).
Herbert Blomstedt will conduct
works by Mozart, Nielsen, and
Telemann.
Bars and Clubs
The Ark (761-1451) '- Anne Hill,
contemporary acoustic.
Bird of Paradise (662-8310) - Bill
Heid Trio, jazz.
The Blind Pig (996-8555) -
Microtones, ska.
The Earle (994-0211) - Larry
Manderville, solo piano.
Mr. Flood's Party (995-2132) -
Juanita McCray and Her Motor City
Beat, blues.
Mountain Jack's (665-1133) - Billy
Alberts, easy listening.
The Nectarine Ballroom (994-5436)
- High Energy Dance Music, DJ
Roger LeLievre.
Rick's American Cafe (996-2747)
- Surreal Estate, new wave, pop,
progressive.
U-Club (763-2236) - Reggae Dan-
ce Party.
Speakers
The Job Search Lecture - Career
Planning & Placement, 6:10 p.m., 35
Angell Hall.
R. Kent Greenawalt - "Political
Discourse, Official Action, and Con-
stitutional Law," School of Law, 4
p.m., 120 Hutchins Hall.
Pavle Ivic - "Genetic Relations
Between the South Slavic
Languages," Russian and East
European Studies, 7:30 p.m., West
Conf. Room, Rackham.
Albert Padwa - "Recent Advan-
ces in Dipolar Cycloaddition
Chemistry," Chemistry, 4 p.m.,
1300, Chemistry Bldg.
William Matthews - Visiting
Writers Series, English, 8 p.m., East
Conf. Room, Rackham.
Jim Standifer - "A Field Study of
the Yao Minority Nationality in the
P.R.C. Folk Songs and Dance in
Their Home Environment,"
Chinese Studies, noon, Commons
Room, Lane Hall.
Maurice Bloch - "Rebounding
Conquest: Toward a Theory of
Ideology," Anthropology, 4 p.m.,
4560 LSA Bldg.
Ted-Larry Pebworth - "The
Editor, the Critic, and Multiple Tex-
ts," COSCA, 4 p.m., West Conf.
Room, Rackham.
Richard Stoffle - "Food,
Technology, and Society A Social
Assessment of King Crab

Mariculture in the Caribbean," Ap-
propriate Technology Association, 7
p.m., International Center.
Getting Organized and Documen-
ted for Your Trip to Europe - Inter-
national Center, 3:30 p.m., 603 E.
Madison.
Winifred O'Dell Tan- "Lao and
Cambodian Refugees in Thailand,"
Ecumenical Campus Center/Inter-
national Center, noon, 603 E.
Madison.
John Compton - "Controls on the
Formation of Dolomite in the Mon-
terey Formation, California,"
Geology, 4 p.m., 4001 C.C. Little
Bldg.
Kate Young - "Nicaragua:
Report From a Witness for Peace,"
Ecumenical Campus Center, noon,
Ecumenical Campus Center.
Robert Bandurski -
"Homeostatic Control of IAA Levels
in Plants," Biology, noon, 1139
Natural Science Bldg.
Donald Munro - "How Marxist Is
China After Mao?" Women of the
University Faculty, 6:30 p.m., Conf.
Rooms 4-5, League.
Rudy Richardson - "Biochemical
Approaches to Studies of Neuron
Degeneration," Psychobiology,
12:30 p.m., 4054 KHRI
Case Study, Psychodynamically
Oriented Play Therapy With a 6-
Year old Girl - Psychology, 4 p.m.,
East Conf. Room, Rackham.
A.G. Ramm - "Some Inverse
Scattering Problems of
Geophysics," Engineering/Com-
puter Science, 4 p.m., 1084 E.
Engineering Bldg.
Alfred Storey - "Speaking
Skills," CRLT, 3:30 p.m., 109 E.
Madison.
Ellen Hoffman - "Introduction to
TEXTFORM on MTS," Computing
Center, 7p.m., 1013 NUBS..
William Stein - "Devonia
Pteridophytes Past and Present,"
Botany, noon, 1139 Natural Science
Bldg.
Robert Barlett - "Extracor-
poreal Membrane Oxygenation,"
Bioengineering, 3:45 p.m., 1017 Dow
Bldg.
Meetings
Amnesty International - 7:30
p.m., Welker Room, Union.
Aikido Club - 5 p.m., Wrestling
Room, IMSB
Furthermore
Creative Resumes for Creative
Jobs - Career Planning &
Placement program, 4:10 p.m.,
Student Activities Bldg.
The Development of Musical
Talent - Psychology/School of
Music Symposium, 9 a.m.,
Rackham Auditorium.
.Running Effective Meetings -
SODC workshop, 6:30 p.m.
Tell Someone - HRD workshop.
noon.
Writing it Right: Punctuation -
HRD Worshop, 8:30 a.m.
Creating Written Instruction -
HRD workshop, 8:30 a.m.
Spreadsheeting With Excel, Part
II - Microcomputer Education
workshop, 1 p.m., 3001 School of
Education Bldg.
The Ins and Outs of Critical Care:
Fluids, Nutrition and Renal
Management - 'Continuing
Medical Education Course, Towsley
Center.
Weekly praise and message -
Christians in Action, 8:30 p.m.,
Union.

Student plans future in high-risk futures market

(Continued from Page 1)
"I was a greedy pig," Eilian now
says, laughing. "It's like you're run-
ning around, saying we just won all
this money. You get cocky. Black
Friday put me back into reality and
out of the world of fantasy."
"I'm convinced that if you're going
to succeed in the market, you have to
get killed in the beginning and make
plenty of mistakes."
In his single room, cluttered with
home-made charts of movements in
the futures markets, a guitar he
taught himself to play, a clock set ac-
cording to Chicago time, and two
telephones, the, friendly economics
major recounts his stumbles during
the last seven years as he and Dayan
learned about the business.
His speech quickens with the
passion the futures market holds for
him, and he stops frequently to ex-
plain technical terms, to tell
humorous experiences, and to urge
his can-do attitude toward any en-
trepeneurial venture. Yet he is
remarkably down-to-earth.
EILIAN says his interest in in-
vesting was sparked as a 13-year-old
when his father, a doctor, took him
along to investment club meetings.
The younger Eilian started to read the
Wall Street Journal. He used his bar
mitsvah money to buy shares in a
booming electronics firm, a purchase
that reaped a profit in a few weeks.
"All I was going on was information
in the paper," Eilian says. "I didn't
have any technical analysis skills."
A few summers later a broker con-
vinced his mother to trade futures for

the first time. Her initial trades
proved profitable, and Kevin convin-
ced her to buy him a portable stereo
with her winnings. By the summer's.
end, however, she lost all that she had
invested. Now, sitting atop a
bookshelf in his dorm room, the stereo
serves as a constant reminder of what
too often happens to inexperienced
speculators.
EILIAN would ask his mother's
broker questions about futures and
began reading books on the subject.
When he didn't understand a point,
he'd telephone the authors for an ex-
planation.
"It took me three months to figure
out what 'selling short' means,"
Eilian says. "I just couldn't under-
stand the concept of selling first and
then buying something at a lower
price later."
He shared his findings with Dayan,
whose father has a friend who taught
the young men some of the ins and
outs of watching trends and trading.
Another businessman, a friend of the
Dayan family, asked Danny and
Eilian to invest some of his money.
LAST SUMMER they decided to en-
ter the market with the
businessman's account plus money
borrowed from their parents. They set
up their computer screen in the
basement of the Eilian's house.
"There'd be times when I'd be
eating lunch, be on the phone, writing
charts, and watching the screen all at
the same time. We worked from 7:30
in the morning to 4 in the afternoon,"
Eilian remembers.
The two young men say they com-

pliment each other well. Dayan ad-
mits to being the risk-taker, Eilian to
being the conservative, rational
.thinker. "I'd probably trust my
money more with Kevin than with
myself," Dayan said in a phone inter-
view last week.
STILL, Eilian is hyper about
futures. He says that last term, when
he was making six or seven trades a
day, he often had to force himself to
do push-ups in his room to calm down.
He paid a friend to watch his com-
puter screen while he was at class. 1
Losing a homemade chart on,. a1
cruise ship over winter break first up:
set Eilian. "But I started over," he1
says: "I went back more years and
studied more detail." The result, he
adds, is that he and his partner can
now predict fairly accurately where
the Standard and Poor index should
close and where it should trade the
following day.
JUST THEN, the phone rings
in Eilian's room. Listening to the voice
on the other end, Eilian shakes his
head.
"I told you not to, Danny," Eilian
admonishes. "I told you this morning
what was going to happen."
After a pause, his disappointment
turns to laughter. Dayan, Eilian ex-
plains after hanging up, had just lost
big on one trade, but compensated
with another.
Three minutes later Dayan calls
back with more information. The two
talk for a moment then hang up again.
It probably won't be their last conver-
sation for the day. Eilian says their
phone bills for last month totalled

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Although trading occupied six hours
each weekday for Eilian last term and
about two hours a day this term, the
sophomore says his grade point
average might be only .3 or .4 higher if
he devoted all his time to studying.
But he has no intention of quitting
either school or trading. He and
Dayan plan to trade full-time this
summer and after graduation, and
they hint at early retirement.
But Eilian says: "In any business, you
have to do your homework, you have
to ask stupid questions, you have to
think. You can't just say, 'Hey, I want.
to make a million bucks.'
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