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"The Freedom in Education Act" is receiving growing nationwide attention through groups seeking Congressional action. The act states in part: "...[N]o federal funds shall be used to develop, publish, advertise, promote, support, or distribute textbooks or curriculum; that competitive bidding shall be required for all education-related federal grants to non-governmental organizations; all questions in federally funded education assessments shall be released to the public within three years of being administered; and no federal funds shall be used for cooperative education activities between the Department of Education and UNESCO." ("End federally funded textbooks," Henry Lamb, WorldNetDaily.com, 1-14-2006)

A children's version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Article 29 paragraph 3, was reworded to say: "Nobody should use her or his freedom to go against what the United Nations is all about."

Arizona's HCR 2036 proposes to amend the Constitution of Arizona by adding a new Article XXVIII: English as the official language. Included is a measure to ensure that schools — with the exception of foreign language instructors — cannot block employment of teacher applicants who only speak English. If passed by state legislators, the measure will be presented to voters in the next general election.

Remove "Mom" and "Dad" from textbooks? California Senate Bill 1437 would "add 'gender' (actual or perceived) and 'sexual orientation' to the law that prohibits California public schools from having textbooks, teaching materials, instruction or 'school-sponsored activities' that reflect adversely upon people based on characteristics like race, creed and handicap." Capitol Resource Institute warns that passage of the bill "could potentially require gender-neutral bathrooms in our schools and all references to 'husband' and 'wife' or 'mom and dad' removed from school textbooks as the norm." (WorldNetDaily.com, 3-9-2006)

April 2006 Education Reporter
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