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Education Reporter
NUMBER 147 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS APRIL 1998

EDUCATION  BRIEFS

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Homeschooled students face discriminatory rules when applying for admittance to state colleges in Georgia. Homeschooled students' applications are being considered only if they include four SAT subject tests with scores in the top 15% of public school students. More rules are being proposed in Georgia and other states, reflecting a setback for the homeschool movement nationwide. At the same time, homeschooled students are doing better on the ACT tests than their classroom-educated counterparts.

A full U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that teachers don't have a First Amendment right to determine curriculum. An award-winning high school drama teacher in Buncombe County, NC filed suit claiming her rights were violated when she was transferred to a middle school. The transfer came after her advanced class performed a controversial play, Independence, which included profanity, sexual promiscuity, adultery, homosexuality, and blaspheming the name of Jesus. The unusual 7-6 decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court overturned a previous ruling from a three-judge panel.

The Center for Equal Opportunity has filed suit against the Albuquerque (NM) Public Schools on behalf of non-Hispanic parents whose children have been falsely classified as Hispanic. The state provides funds for language-minority students only if they are enrolled in bilingual education programs. APS is accused of falsely labeling children in order to collect from state coffers.

A nationwide survey of college freshmen reveals they were bored during their senior year in high school, and lack interest in politics and civic involvement. At the same time, students expressed high expectations for graduating from college with honors and for achieving post-graduate degrees. At least one expert attributed these high aspirations to the "grade inflation" and esteem-building the students experienced during their elementary and high school years.


 
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