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Education Reporter
NUMBER 298 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 2010

Education Briefs 
University of Illinois trustees took the unusual step of denying emeritus professor status to long-time University of Illinois/Chicago faculty member William Ayers. The vote was unanimous after an impassioned speech by board chair Christopher Kennedy, who said he could not confer the title because Ayers's book Prairie Fire is "dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father." Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 by Sirhan Sirhan. Ayers is the co-founder of Weather Underground, a radical leftist group that bombed federal buildings in the early 1970s. (Chicago Tribune, 9-24-10)

The Maine Human Rights Commission ruled that schools must permit transgender students to use the restroom of their choosing. The Commission said that an Orono middle school discriminated against a 6th-grade boy when they assigned him a separate restroom because that did not sufficiently accommodate his desire to live as a girl. (onenewsnow.com, 10-4-10)

University System of Georgia schools may no longer enroll illegal aliens if they have denied admittance to academically qualified citizens in the last two years. The state Board of Regents voted on several new policies in response to complaints that undocumented students were taking spots from academically qualified Georgians. Schools must now verify that students applying for in-state tuition are in the country legally. (Associated Press, 10-14-10)

Parents of the 55,000 students attending 18 Santa Ana Unified District schools in California need not concern themselves with feeding their children breakfast or lunch. Around 85% of these students already qualify for free or subsidized meals, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture will pick up the tab for every child for the third consecutive school year. Dozens of schools in Santa Ana and other districts also provide free meals to anyone under 18 over the summer break, no paperwork required. (Orange County Register, 9-3-10 & 6-27-10)

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