Death by Voucher
NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION, Nov. 8—Increased church attendance is not the only positive effect from the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. The number of New York City public high-school students suspended for bad behavior has dropped by almost 80% this school year, a change school administrators attribute to the somber mood in classrooms since the attack.
Suspension Stands for Profane Professor
Pro-Life Clothing OK'd
THE THOMAS MORE LAW CENTER, Nov. 5—By citing recent court cases and U.S. Department of Education guidelines, the Catholic law center obtained written assurances from school personnel that a student can wear pro-life sweatshirts to her public high school in Malone, N.Y. The student had been prevented from wearing sweatshirts that contained such messages as: “You will not mock my God. You will stop killing my generation. Rock for Life.”
The federal guidelines allow students to display religious messages on clothing to the same extent that students are permitted to display other comparable messages.
No Good Deed …
Adelman acknowledges that she took the time without authorization but plans to file a grievance.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Nov. 6—The Alabama State Board of Education voted without dissent Nov. 5 to place a warning on 40,000 new biology textbooks that will be used in the state's public schools, that refer to evolution as “a controversial theory” that they are free to question.
The statement—the only one of its kind in the country—advises: “Instructional material associated with controversy should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.”
- November 25-December 1, 2001