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The California Assembly voted to establish Harvey Milk Day as a state holiday that all public schools will celebrate. Harvey Milk was a San Francisco supervisor and homosexual activist. "This is yet another example of the campaign to normalize homosexual behavior not just in schools, but in our culture," said Karen England of the Capitol Resource Institute. "Young children will be forced to celebrate the life of a man whose claim to fame is his sexual orientation." Milk described all religion as "true perversion," and promoted same-sex marriage. The California Supreme Court created same-sex marriage in May, despite Californian voters' 61% support of traditional marriage in 2000. Voters will again address the issue by a referendum on the November ballot. (WorldNetDaily, 8-8-08)

High gas prices have motivated more college students to enroll in courses online, to save themselves daily or weekly trips to campus. Many colleges reported steep increases of 25 or 50%, or even more, in online course enrollment over the summer. The trend was especially apparent at community colleges, where most students commute and must consider many other demands on their budgets and their time. A few schools, such as Brevard Community College in Florida, have even gone to a four-day week to save gas money for students and employees. (New York Times, 8-11-08)

New York became the 12th state to pass anti-bullying legislation. The bill calls special attention to bullying over sexual orientation, and requires schools to train teachers to combat bullying and to document all cases of bullying. Sen. Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan), who first introduced such legislation in 1999, called the fact that this time Senate Republicans introduced the bill "emblematic of things to come." (New York Times, 8-8-08)

September 2008 Education Reporter
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