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Education Reporter
NUMBER 142 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 1997
EDUCATION BRIEFS

People for the American Way (PAW) has terminated its annual report about alleged "censorship" in public schools. For four years, PAW was able to grab headlines about the alleged horrors of parents criticizing inappropriate classroom materials. Last year, a former PAW researcher claimed that its "startling censorship numbers are cooked." Two years ago, Focus on the Family began holding news conferences to expose the silliness, the bias, and the anti-parent agenda of PAW's annual press releases on "censorship."

Studies indicate marijuana produces effects identical to those of other addictive drugs. Recent experiments on rats support the idea that all addictive drugs work through common pathways in the brain responsible for feelings of reward (the high) and for underlying feelings of anxiety produced by stress (withdrawal). Changes in the brain chemistry of animal subjects reveal the effects marijuana is expected to have on humans who abuse the drug. These findings may lead to a greater understanding of addiction and treatment for drug abuse.

A federal judge in Georgia allowed a parental rights lawsuit against middle school officials to proceed. The parents sued when their daughters, ages 13 and 15, were taken by a counselor, with the principal's permission, to a local health department for pregnancy tests and contra-ceptives. School officials claim abuse by the father as reason for the action, though no report of alleged abuse was made to authorities as required by law. The parents' attorney noted that the suit should send a powerful message that school officials may be held personally liable for their actions.


 
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