| Spagnolo was at the center of a controversy last June when a pilot health test containing explicit sex questions was given to students at 61 Illinois high schools, mostly in the Chicago area. The test caused an uproar in the media, and sparked outrage among parents and community organizations.
The Carroll County, GA Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to shut down a Teen Plus health clinic. Teen Plus clinics are operated throughout the state by county health departments whose funding is authorized by boards of commissioners. The decision to defund Carroll County's clinic came after concerned citizens and church leaders demanded action. Georgia's Teen Plus clinics are under fire because they perform tests, dispense contraceptives, and provide treatment for STDs to teenagers without parental consent.
Spanish will be mandatory at a suburban Chicago elementary school beginning with the 1998-99 school year. Pupils in the 2nd and 3rd grades at Highlands Elementary School will receive up to 20 minutes of mandatory Spanish instruction four days per week starting in the second semester. The classes will be expanded each year until grades two through six are included. Startup cost of the program is $25,000, and will increase to $40,000 as more grades are added. The Highlands School District is only 1.2% Hispanic.
Congressman attacks high cost and limited benefits of Head Start program. Rep. John Mica (R-FL) calls the program little more than costly daycare that requires "a small army" of bureaucrats whose salaries range from $40,000 to $80,000 per year. He charges that the average per-child cost of Head Start runs $2,200 more than the best preschool programs. Rep. Mica asserts that the program has abandoned its original mission of teaching poor children, and substitutes "glorified babysitters" for teachers.