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Education Reporter
NUMBER 285 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS OCTOBER 2009

Education Briefs 
An Education Week article summarizing research on community colleges pointed out that "few studies can inform Obama's $12 billion initiative" to boost community college attendance. Graduation rates from community colleges are surprisingly low; only one in ten students earns an associate's degree within three years of enrollment. After six years, just half of students have earned an associate's degree or certificate or transferred to a four-year college. (Education Week, 9-2-09)

Arizona's superintendent of public instruction is leading a charge against ethnic studies classes in schools. Supt. Tom Horne and others became concerned when students said they learned in these classes "not to fall for the white man's traps." Some classes use a textbook, The Mexican American Heritage, that promotes the Aztlan movement for the return of five Southwestern states to Mexican control. (Washington Times, 8-3-09)

A study in Hong Kong showed that only about half of health care workers said they would be willing to receive the swine flu vaccine. Scientists predicted the results would be similar elsewhere, since low percentages of health workers in most nations get the regular flu shot — only 35% of them in the U.S., for example. Those in the Hong Kong study who said they would refuse the swine flu shot cited concerns about the vaccine's safety and effectiveness. The CDC recommends swine flu vaccination for all children, and is pursuing an ambitious vaccination program. (Associated Press, 8-26-09)

On September 9, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel endorsed Merck's HPV vaccine, Gardasil, for males ages nine to 26. Gardasil targets four strains of HPV, two of which cause 90% of cases of genital warts. If the FDA accepts the panel's recommendations and approves Gardasil for men and boys, Merck and other interested parties may push for more widespread inoculation efforts targeting both school-aged boys and girls. (CNNMoney.com, 8-9-09)

Central Michigan University's Student Life department de-recognized CMU's chapter of Campus Conservatives (CC) four days before a visit from state Sen. Michelle McManus, forcing the group to host the senator in a cafeteria instead of a more appropriate venue. Student Life was punishing CC for failing to pay for extra police security at a speech by David Horowitz last fall. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) informed CMU that requiring "student organizations hosting controversial events to pay for extra security is clearly unconstitutional, as it affixes a price tag to events based on their expressive content." CMU Student Life has already dropped three sets of previous, unrelated charges against Campus Conservatives twice after warnings from FIRE, and once after a warning from the ACLU. (studentsforacademicfreedom.com, 8-25-09)

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