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Education Reporter
NUMBER 303 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS APRIL 2011

Education Briefs 
School board officials voted to purchase electronic tablets for every student and teacher at Grandview High in Hillsboro, Missouri and to proceed with curriculum development for the devices. The district expects to save money by using free or low-cost online materials instead of purchasing textbooks. The trend away from paper-based materials likely signals the end of statewide textbook adoption and the opportunity for parental review. (stltoday.com, 3-21-11)

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is demanding that Education Department Secretary Arne Duncan and his top aides produce emails and other documents related to improper communications with Wall Street short sellers. CREW has already provided the SEC with other documents that it contends prove high-level Ed. Dept. officials "colluded with Wall Street short-sellers" in advance of publishing highly controversial regulations governing for-profit colleges. (dailycaller.com, 3-17-11)

A six-year-old at Tallwood Elementary in Virginia Beach, VA was given an out-of-school suspension for crying and "disrupting the educational process." His parents said the school made no attempt to contact or work with them prior to suspending their son. Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked school officials to reverse their decision and expunge the incident from the child's record. "He shouldn't have a disturbing behavior conduct on his record . . . because all he was doing was crying at the time," said Rutherford's John Whitehead. (onenewsnow.com, 4-4-11)

State lawmakers passed a bill requiring the University of North Dakota to keep its "Fighting Sioux" nickname and Indian head logo, putting the university at odds with National Collegiate Athletic Association policy. The NCAA enforces its politically correct stance by barring schools that use Native American nicknames, mascots, or logos from hosting championship games or wearing uniforms with the offending images during NCAA playoff games. (Reuters, 3-11-11)

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