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Education Reporter
NUMBER 300 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JANUARY 2011

Education Briefs 
Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education's Office for Civil Rights against Chicago Public Schools (CPS) alleging discrimination against minority students. The group maintains that the district policy of flunking 3rd-, 6th- and 8th-grade students who don't meet minimum scores on state standardized math and reading tests disproportionately harms black and Hispanic students. CPS said it would be a disservice to promote kids who aren't prepared for the next grade; PURE cited research showing that holding kids back doesn't help them academically and leads many to drop out of school. (Chicago Tribune, 12-8-10)

More than 40% of American adults surveyed believe that Karl Marx's Communist slogan "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs," comes from one of America's founding documents. The survey, sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, also found that 55% of adults think that "education" is a First Amendment right. The nonprofit said the survey results highlight the need for its campaign to educate Americans about the freedoms delineated in the first ten Constitutional Amendments. The group launched www.BillofRightsDay.com as part of that initiative. (www.blogs.edweek.org, 12-16-10)

The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that former University of Colorado ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill was properly fired for academic misconduct. Churchill claimed he was fired in retaliation for his 2005 essay comparing September 11th victims to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. A university investigation ruled that the essay was protected by the First Amendment, but also accused Churchill of plagiarism, falsifying data and fabricating evidence in some of his other work. The Board of Regents had dismissed him with an 8-1 vote after several faculty investigations found him guilty of academic misconduct. (The Washington Times, 11-29-10)

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