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Education Reporter
NUMBER 149 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JUNE 1998

EDUCATION  BRIEFS

A new study shows that, among mathematically gifted children, boys outperform girls. The research was conducted by the University of Washington's Halbert Robinson Center for the Study of Capable Youth, and included 276 mathematically-inclined preschool- and kindergarten-age children. After participating for two years in "Saturday Clubs," which focused on increasing their skill levels, boys remained the top scorers, with girls failing to catch up.

Police in McMinnville, OR, conducted a strip search of more than 30 teenage girls after jewelry, CDs, makeup, and about $30 in cash were reported missing from a middle school locker room. When gym teachers were unable to locate the items, they summoned police, who ordered the girls to strip. One 13-year-old student said her request to call home first was refused, and that she was threatened with a "full body search" if she failed to disrobe. The police chief sent personal letters of apology to the girls' parents, but at least one parent is considering legal action against all the parties involved.

High school guidance counselors, who have traditionally reported disciplinary problems with students to college admissions officers, are increasingly hesitant to do so for fear of litigation. Parents are becoming more inclined to sue if details of their child's past prevent his admission to a top college. On the other hand, college officials are increasingly fearful of campus crime and their liability if a violent student is admitted and erupts on campus. The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act made pre-admission inquiries about disabilities illegal, including alcoholism and drug addiction, if the student has successfully been treated for these problems.

In Illinois alone, the State Board of Education is investigating approximately 300 cases of alleged sexual abuse and harassment of students by teachers. The cases involve a wide range of ages among students and teachers, and include both sexes. Similar allegations are making headlines in other states as well.


 
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