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A Preschool For All plan for Illinois' 3- to 4-year olds has been proposed by Governor Blagojevich. Requiring an extra $135 million for a three-year period, the plan offers 2.5 preschool hours per day regardless of family income. "It was not immediately clear how the Governor intends to pay for the program, which would be funded through general revenue money..." (Chicago Sun-Times, 2-12-06)

Arizona Senate Bill 1331 would require state regulated universities and community colleges to adopt procedures for "alternative coursework and materials" for any student who finds "coursework, learning, material or activity" to be personally offensive based on "conflicts with the student's practices in sex, morality, or religion." The bill also states that choices must be offered without financial or academic penalties. Having passed the Senate Committee on Higher Education, the bill has moved onto the Senate Rules committee.

In some Texas schools, cafeteria purchases are being controlled and monitored through a prepaid automated account system that doubles as an accounting program. Last August, Pearland I.S.D. adopted the program on 17 campuses. PISD's $5.3 million system requires a student to enter a code to access his/her prepaid account in order to have a cafeteria-provided meal. The system allows a child's food purchases to be regulated and tracked. Similar systems are used in random schools in Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Tennessee. (Washington Times, 2-21-06)

Pennsylvania's Upper St.Clair School board voted 5-4 to discontinue the International Baccalaureate program used in elementary through high school. After research, school board member Mark Trombetta concluded IB is "weak in some subjects and was concerned that the testing was 'developed in a foreign country.'" A common reason that five members voted for discontinuation was the $85,000 added cost to the school district that has a $50 million budget. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2-22-06)

March 2006 Education Reporter
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