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Education Reporter
NUMBER 286 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 2009

Education Briefs 
President Obama's Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, keynoted an education reform seminar in October at which William Ayers also spoke. Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground, a domestic terrorist group whose ideology Ayers has summarized this way: "Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents." Obama's ties to Ayers attracted national scrutiny during the 2008 presidential campaign. Michael Giovannetti of the Renaissance Group, which hosted the seminar, said Duncan had "no problem whatsoever" with Ayers's presence. (WorldNetDaily, 10-17-09)

At Robeson High in Chicago, 115 out of 800 female students are either pregnant or already have children. The school is not a school for young mothers but a normal neighborhood school. Students told local news reporters that their poor relationships with their own parents and the pursuit of public assistance were both factors in high rates of teen pregnancy. (CBS 2, 10-15-09)

A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of the major union-backed legal challenge to the No Child Left Behind Act. Nine school districts in Michigan, Texas, and Vermont, with backing from the National Education Association, had charged that NCLB was an "unfunded mandate." (blogs.edweek.org, 10-17-09)

Antonio Peck, whose school censored his kindergarten project featuring Jesus ten years ago, returned to court last month. For an assigned poster illustrating ways to save the earth, Antonio drew a picture of Jesus with the words, "The only way to save the world." His teacher told him to start over. Antonio's second poster depicted children recycling and cleaning up litter, and again featured Jesus. The school folded the poster in half to conceal Jesus before displaying it. New York federal judge Norman Mordue has ruled for the school district three times, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed Mordue's ruling twice. Antonio went before the same appeals court for the third time in October. (WorldNetDaily, 10-14-09)

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