The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that school districts must protect employee paychecks from political withholding, but only if the districts have actual notice that wages are being used for political purposes. The unions collecting the dues are not responsible for actual disbursement of the wages, the court ruled, and cannot be held liable. The Evergreen Freedom Foundation, which brought suit against the Washington Education Association over the issue of paycheck protection, expressed its disappointment that the court placed the burden on school districts and individual teachers. "We hope districts will now move aggressively to protect teachers' paychecks," EFF President Bob Williams said.
Georgia is the first state to eliminate tenure for public school teachers. Governor Roy Barnes signed the state's controversial education reform bill in April, which contains a provision to eliminate teacher tenure. The Governor said the "much criticized" provision would "help the state get rid of bad teachers." The education bill also provides for elementary school class-size reductions and places more social workers and counselors in the schools.
The Modesto City, CA School Board approved a policy not to recognize school credit hours of homeschoolers or any students transferring to a public high school from a non-accredited private school. The board will continue to allow immigrant students to receive evaluations and placement testing, which entitles them to honorary diplomas that reportedly carry the same benefits and privileges as regular high school diplomas.
The South Kitsap School Board in Washington State rejected as "inappropriate" a book laden with graphic sex, violence and profanity. The district's 11th graders were required to read Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, which a majority of parents and community members found "highly offensive and disturbing." Teachers praised the book as "beautifully written."