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School officials at West Allis Central High School support parent Michael Jacques's complaint that a book used in his daughter's English class is inappropriate. The Book of Questions, used by English teacher Heather Panovich to inspire daily journal ideas, posed dilemmas such as whether to have sex with a stranger for $10,000 or kill an innocent person if it would increase the chances of personal survival. Jacques contended that the book undercuts the role of parents and ignores the district-wide ban on teaching "values clarification." "The book," says a school official, "will not appear in the building again."
The doctor who performed the controversial genital examinations on 59 girls at J.T. Lambert Intermediate School has resigned. In her letter, Dr. Ramlah Vahanvaty of Zahra Pediatrics in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania stated her desire to end her affiliation with the school district. The board of education, while anxious about finding a replacement, unanimously approved her request. According to the assistant superintendent, no prospective physician has expressed interest in the job.
Data from the South Carolina State Department of Education reveal that half-day kindergarten is preferable to a full-day program. Results from the Cognitive Skills Assessment Battery (CSAB) from 1990 to 1995 show that part-time kindergartners perform 5 to 7 percentage points better on the CSAB tests than full-timers.
Melanie Hadley, homeschooled in the Ozark foothills of Missouri, was honored as one of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. As a 1996 scholar of the arts, her talents as an accomplished pianist have led her to compete and perform across the U.S. and Russia. Of 141 seniors honored, Melanie is one of three homeschoolers. She placed in the 99th percentile nationally on her high school equivalency exam.