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Education Reporter
NUMBER 305 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JUNE 2011

Education Briefs 
Buoyed by a climate ripe for education reform, pro-voucher activists in Pennsylvania have spent millions to persuade legislators to pass a voucher bill this year. Longtime school-choice advocate Chris Bravacos said it's refreshing to see all the resources pouring in to support vouchers. "I don't think there's any question that they've been able to somewhat level the playing field that had otherwise been tilted toward the teachers union," he said. (philly.com, 5-8-11)

Northwestern University cancelled a controversial human sexuality class for the next academic year after a torrent of criticism over a live sex toy demonstration during an optional after-class lecture. A naked woman engaged in a pornographic display in front of about 100 students after professor J. Michael Bailey's lecture on kinky sex and female orgasm. University officials said that Bailey "will have other teaching assignments in the coming year." (Chicago Tribune, 5-9-11)

Next fall, kindergartners in Auburn, Maine will get something new along with the usual supply of crayons and craft paper. The school board unanimously approved a plan to spend $200,000 to purchase iPad2 touchpad tablets for nearly 300 five-year-olds and their teachers. Superintendent Tom Morrill believes the plan is a "revolution in education" that will lead to improved test scores. Larry Cuban, former education professor and author of Oversold and Underused: Computers in Schools, says there is no evidence that computers bring learning benefits to pupils that young. (edweek.org, 4-22-11)

New Jersey governor Chris Christie told a town hall audience in Manalapan in May that decisions about whether to teach creationism in schools should be made at the local level. "Evolution is required teaching," Christie said in response to a constituent question. "If there's a certain school district that also wants to teach creationism, that's not something we should decide in Trenton." (blog.nj.com, 5-12-11)

June 2011 Education Reporter
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