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Education Reporter
NUMBER 256 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS MAY 2007

Education Briefs 
About 36% of adults living in the District of Columbia are functionally illiterate , a report revealed in March. These 170,000 adults have limited or no reading and writing skills. Nationwide, 21% of adults are functionally illiterate; 1% cannot read or write at all. (Associated Press, 3-19-07)


The recently released Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development showed that children who spent time in daycare were slightly more likely to act out disruptively in class. The effect on disruptive behavior lasted through the 6th grade. (New York Times, 3-26-07)


Colleges' admissions policies and procedures have become much more friendly to homeschoolers. Previously, many schools, especially public universities, viewed homeschooled students with suspicion. The percentage of colleges with a formal policy for evaluating homeschoolers' applications grew from 52% in 2000 to 83% in 2004. 45% of colleges reported receiving more applications from homeschooled students during those same four years. (San Diego Union-Tribune, 3-28-07)


The FDA has asked all ADHD drug manufacturers to relabel the drugs with new warnings, and to develop medication guidelines for patients and families. The FDA has asked all ADHD drug manufacturers to relabel the drugs with new warnings, and to develop medication guidelines for patients and families. Studies have recently linked ADHD drugs with increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and psychiatric problems such as hearing voices, paranoia and mania. (Journal of the American Medical Association, 3-28-07)


The University of Illinois cancelled its 81-year-old American Indian mascot, Chief Illiniwek. The NCAA ruled that Illiniwek - portrayed by buckskin-clad students who dance at home football and basketball games - is an offensive use of American Indian imagery. (Chicago Sun-Times, 2-22-07)


A suburban Chicago high school required freshmen to attend a homosexuality seminar, and to sign a "confidentiality agreement" promising not to tell anyone about the discussion. The district superintendent called the confidentiality agreement a "mistake" - but the school still prefers to withhold information on the seminar from parents. (Illinois Family Institute, 3-14-07)

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