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Education Reporter
NUMBER 299 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS DECEMBER 2010

Education Briefs 
A group called "Save Ethnic Studies" has filed suit challenging a new Arizona law that prohibits public schools from offering courses that promote ethnic resentment or the overthrow of the U.S. government. Ten of the eleven founders of the group are Tucson Unified School District faculty who teach the ethnic and Mexican studies classes that could be eliminated when the law takes effect in 2011. (saveethnicstudies.org)

Alabama is the 42nd state to adopt Common Core Standards in math and English/language arts. Governor-elect Robert Bentley dispatched a state senator to request delay of the vote until he takes office, but the school board rejected his request and adopted the standards 7-2. A state board of education vote made Idaho the 43rd state to adopt the standards, at least provisionally. The measure will not be finalized until the education committee of at least one chamber of the state legislature approves it. (blogs.edweek.org, 11-18-10 and 11-22-10)

More women than men earned doctoral degrees last year for the first time, according to a report from the Council of Graduate Schools. The report's author, Nathan Bell, said it was simply the culmination of a decades-long trend. Doctorates were the one academic arena where men retained the lead over women until last year, largely due to their dominance in the fields of engineering, math and physical sciences. (Washington Post, 9-14-10)

According to the College Board, the U.S. now ranks 12th among 36 countries in the number of 25- to-34-year-olds with a college degree. The U.S. led the world in degree-earners in the 1980s with 40% earning at least an associate's degree, but the ratio has remained stagnant since then. In Canada, now the top country in educational attainment, 56% of 25- to 34-year-olds have at least a two-year degree. (cbsnews.com, 7-23-10)

December 2010 Education Reporter
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