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Education Reporter
NUMBER 315 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS APRIL 2012

Education Briefs 
Earlier this year, Michelle Obama announced a new campaign to bring healthier food to school cafeterias. Now, the USDA has followed this up with the purchase of 7 million pounds of "pink slime," a meat substitute that some say tastes and smells like ammonia. The USDA is ramping up its purchases of the substance just as fast food chains like McDonalds are opting to steer clear of it in favor of healthier fare.

A Virginia school district got more than it bargained for when it placed one student on academic probation because her required community service hours were performed at a church. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology backed down hours after the student filed a federal law suit accusing the school of religious discrimination. The lawsuit has not been dropped. Alliance Defense Fund attorney Matt Sharp said he will "work with [the school district] to change the unconstitutional policy" that states that faith-based activities "must have a secular purpose."

School officials have refused to apologize to Jesse Sansone, a father of four who was arrested and strip searched when he tried to pick his children up from school one day in late February. Sansone was charged with illegal possession of a firearm when his 4-year-old daughter drew a picture of her dad holding a gun. Searches produced only a small plastic toy gun in the home, and police dropped all charges. Social workers are still investigating the family.

The University of North Carolina-Greensboro has decided that a Christian student club is not religious, and must then allow non-Christians to join and hold leadership positions. The "Make Up Your Own Mind" club is suing the University. Alliance Defense Fund Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said, "The First Amendment forbids the government from determining what is and what is not 'religious,' yet the university is doing exactly this by telling a Christian group that it is not religious."

April 2012 Education Reporter
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