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|NUMBER 146||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||MARCH 1998|
The annual "Who's Who Among American High School Students" reports little high-risk behavior but widespread cheating among top teens. Surveys over the past five years show that most high achievers avoid drugs and sexual intercourse, but admit to copying their peers' homework. Significantly smaller percentages admit to plagiarizing and cheating on tests.
Michigan Governor John Engler revealed "an ambitious reading plan for Michigan," in his annual State of the State Address. His plan calls for the end of social promotions, and insists that "all Michigan children be able to read by the beginning of 4th grade." Meanwhile, House Speaker Newt Gingrich has announced that one of his four major goals is that every child should be able to read by the end of the 4th grade.
The authorization for Goals 2000 federal money expires on September 30, 1998. Will it be reauthorized? Ask your Congressman how he intends to vote.
The openly gay nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg helped fund "It's Elementary," the NEA-backed video promoting homosexuality to elementary school children. Meatpacking heir Jim Hormel's pro-gay activism also includes a $500,000 donation to establish a Gay and Lesbian Center at San Francisco's main library, which displays pornographic material and includes documents from NAMBLA, the pedophilia advocacy group.
Michigan parents and legal experts have discovered that 5th graders in the state's public schools were fingerprinted under the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP). The students were required to fill out a "Fingerprint Investigation Journal" as part of the science segment. A MEAP spokesman said the journal was simply a "hands-on experiment" to be torn up or sent home with the students, but Michigan state law prohibits obtaining children's fingerprints without parental permission.