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A kindergarten teacher in St. Lucie, Florida allowed her students to vote on whether five-year-old Alex Barton could stay in the class. Alex has Asperger's disease, a disorder on the "autism spectrum." The teacher gave each student a chance to say what he or she didn't like about Alex, and then asked Alex to leave when 14 out of 16 children voted him out. Alex spent the rest of the day in the nurse's office. (TCPalm.com, 5-23-08)

The chancellor of the liberal University of Colorado at Boulder hopes to endow a faculty chair for a Professor of Conservative Thought and Policy. Chancellor Bud Peterson plans to raise $9 million for this effort. The idea met with skepticism not only from liberal faculty members, but also from some notable conservatives. David Horowitz speculated that a "token" conservative at Boulder might be treated like "an animal in the zoo." (Wall Street Journal, 5-13-08)

A new study shows that six times as many American children take anti-psychotic drugs as British children. Use of the drugs in both nations is increasing: prescription rates to children doubled in the U.K. between 1992 and 2005, and nearly doubled in the U.S. between 1996 and 2001. Most of the drugs lack long-term safety data on their use for this age group. (Associated Press, 5-5-08)

Teenagers who smoke marijuana at least once a month are three times more likely to contemplate suicide, a new study shows. The study, from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, also found that teens who use marijuana are at a 40% higher risk for mental illness later in life. (Washington Post, 5-9-08)

July 2008 Education Reporter
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