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Education Reporter
NUMBER 263 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS DECEMBER 2007

Education Briefs 
The HPV vaccine Gardasil has now been linked to at least 3,461 adverse reactions, including eleven deaths. Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, extracted the new figures this fall through a freedom of information request. The eleven young women who died within days of receiving the vaccine died of heart attacks, blood clots, or unknown causes. "Reports on the vaccine read like a catalogue of horrors," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. Other young women experienced seizures or paralysis, or developed Bell's Palsy or Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration for failing to provide other requested information within the time frame the Freedom of Information Act specifies. (www.judicialwatch.org/6428.shtml, 10-04-07)

Vendors of biometric products such as electronic fingerprint scanners hope to sell their products to schools across America. Stayton Middle School in Oregon recently implemented a fingerprint-scanning system to expedite the lunch line. Each student presents his fingerprint, instead of an ID card, a pin number, or cash, as he checks out with his cafeteria food. "This is biometric data collecting," warned Jann Carson of the Portland ACLU. "It's the 'Big Brother' theory. The last thing we should do is teach parents and their young children to be casual about turning over personal data, like a fingerprint, just for the sake of speeding up a lunch line." (Statesman Journal, 10-24-07)

The school board of Okeechobee County, Florida voted unanimously to ban "sex-based" clubs in schools, including clubs "based upon any sexual grouping, orientation or activity of any kind." Last year a student, represented by the ACLU, filed a lawsuit against the Okeechobee school district for not allowing the Gay-Straight Alliance to meet on school grounds. That lawsuit is ongoing, and the judge's decision will probably determine whether the school board is allowed to classify the Gay-Straight Alliance as a sex-based club. (Palm Beach Post, 10-10-07)

December 2007 Education Reporter
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