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More than 1 in 5 public school teachers choose private schools for their own children, reports a study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. This makes public school teachers almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools. (Washington Times, 9-27-04)

96% of parents say a 'pro-abstinence message' is best for teens, concludes a poll commissioned by Focus on the Family. Another 91% expressed the view that teens should be taught that it is best for sexual activity to be linked to love, intimacy and commitment. (United Press International, 1-28-04)

Kansas City schools pay students for C grades. Over the summer, Kansas City became the first large school district in the country known to pay students for grades. With good attendance and at least a C average, students received gift cards worth up to $150. Some 67 Missouri school districts offer financial incentives to students. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9-5-04)

Denver limits display of Mexican flags in schools after flap. An August back-to-school newspaper photograph of a classroom depicting a Mexican flag next to a U.S. flag sparked complaints that spurred officials to restrict the display of foreign banners. The principal removed two Mexican flags from the 84% Hispanic high school, and a policy is being developed to require any display of foreign flags to be temporary and related to what is being taught in class. (Associated Press, 8-20-04)

College bases freshman grades 60% on 'effort.' Columbia, SC's Benedict College now bases grades for freshmen 60% on "effort" and 40% on academic performance. For sophomores, the ratio is 50-50. Two professors have been fired for refusing to follow the policy. (wistv.com, 8-20-04)

November 2004 Education Reporter
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