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Education Reporter
NUMBER 304 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS MAY 2011

Education Briefs 
Home-schooler Joel Northrup gave up his shot at the Iowa state wrestling championship rather than compromise his beliefs. Northrup had every reason to dream of winning the championship after achieving a 35-4 record during the regular season, but found himself matched with a girl. "Wrestling. can get violent at times," he said. "As a matter of conscience and my faith I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner." (Star Tribune, 2-17-11)

An Ohio teacher has been fired for teaching students to think critically about theories of evolution and failing to remove a Bible from his classroom. John Freshwater received positive evaluations throughout his 21-year tenure at Mount Vernon Middle School and is the only science teacher at the school to achieve a "passing" score on the Ohio Achievement Test. His students also earned the highest state standardized test scores of any 8th-grade class in the district. Freshwater is appealing his termination in state court. (Rutherford.org, 4-11-11)

Head Start got a $340 million increase for a total of $7.57 billion in the latest federal spending bill, despite Republican efforts to cut the program by $1 billion. A 2010 government report concluded enrollment in the program makes no significant difference in a child's academic performance by the end of first grade. Additionally, last year a Government Accountability Office undercover operation reported that eight of the fifteen Head Start centers investigated committed fraud in order to boost enrollment. (NationalReview.com, 3-11-11)

A Seattle elementary school told a volunteer she could give a third-grade-class plastic eggs filled with candy only if she called them "spring spheres," but the class had other ideas. When the teacher exclaimed, "Oh look, spring spheres!" the kids shouted out, "Wow! Easter eggs!" (mynorthwest.com, 4-7-11)

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