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Maryland school board settles homosexual sex-ed lawsuit. The Montgomery County school board in late June approved a settlement of a lawsuit that led to a federal court order blocking implementation of a controversial sex-education curriculum. (See Education Reporter, June 2005.) The settlement, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, prohibits the board from denigrating religious beliefs regarding homosexuality; requires procedures to give parents the opportunity to know what is being taught and to decide whether their children will be permitted to attend; gives the two plaintiff organizations seats on the citizens advisory committee; and requires the board to pay $36,000 of legal fees incurred by the plaintiffs.

Teenagers faced one of the toughest summer job markets in history. The Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University projected that only 36.7% of 16- to 19-year-olds would be employed this summer, down from 45% in 2000. Reasons cited by the report include a surge in retired workers, college graduates unable to find work in the career labor market, and an increase in immigrant labor over the past several years.

No report cards until dental checkup. A new Illinois law requires students attending kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades to undergo dental checkups. The final report card will be withheld for children who don't comply, subject to certain exceptions.

What NEA Convention delegates don't want to know. At the 2005 NEA Convention in Los Angeles, the delegates defeated New Business Item #1: "NEA will commission a statistically valid survey of members and potential members to determine the extent which NEA resolutions affect membership."

August 2005 Education Reporter
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