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Education Reporter
NUMBER 306 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JULY 2011

Education Briefs 
In a time of recession, the public school system hired almost as many new employees as it lost students. According to the most recent Census Bureau report, the number of students in public school dropped by 157,114 between the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years. During that time, the number of teachers grew by 81,426, while the total number of newly hired public school employees including principals, administrators, and support workers increased by 137,000. (www.eiaonline.com, 5-31-11)

A Virginia school reversed gross misapplication of its zero tolerance policy in favor of common sense. Seventh-grader Adam Grass was initially given a ten-day suspension for possessing a plastic bag of oregano. Constitutional attorneys from the Rutherford Institute convinced the school that, in this instance, oregano was not "an imitation controlled substance." Adam will return to school without going on record as a drug offender. (www.rutherford.org, 3-17-11)

A study found that special training for math teachers did not improve student test scores. Of the 100 seventh-grade math teachers given two years of professional development in the fundamentals of math, only one showed gains in subject knowledge. Even though the teacher training was specifically designed to be more intensive and effective than average and was expected to drive statistically significant educational outcomes, there was no measurable improvement in student achievement. (blogs.edweek.org, 5-26-11)

The eight-year-old daughter of North Carolina Republican Representative Mike Stone was given an assignment at her Lee County school to write her dad urging him not to cut education funding from the budget. Superintendent Jeffrey Moss said that the assignment "was not budget-specific except to say that they support funding public education." But Stone insists, "It was totally inappropriate for an eight-year-old to be used as a lobbyist in Raleigh." (www.carolinajournal.com, 6-06-11)

July 2011 Education Reporter
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