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Education Briefs

Gerald Molen won an Oscar for co-producing Schindler’s List, but was banned from a U.S. government class in Ronan, Montana for being too conservative. Molen announced in a letter to the Daily Inter Lake that Ronan High School Principal Tom Stack told him his conservative political views might harm students. Mr. Molen said the presentation he had planned for the high school seniors who had invited him to speak “had nothing political or capricious that would be harmful to a senior high school student (or even a grammar school student) or a teacher.”

6-year-old Gannon Farley’s hand-written note, complete with poor spelling, fooled school administrators into letting him out of an after-school program. A secretary at Burkland Elementary school in Middleborough, Massachusetts released Gannon from school when he gave her a note written in marker that read, “Dery Mrs. Trottyty, Gannon is not going to the prgrogm.” Gannon’s mother, Amie Nay, says the school did not contact her, but sent Gannon to their empty home on a school bus. Nay says she’s furious that school administrators were duped by the first-grader’s prank.

Students at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles are encouraged to tell their friends about the first ever on-campus Planned Parenthood clinic. Students have access to birth control, sexually transmitted disease testing, and counseling at no cost without parental consent. The clinic is funded by Family PACT, a public family-planning program that targets low income families.

A California high school principal is defending his decision to allow a valedictorian to deliver his graduation speech in Spanish, though most of the audience spoke English. Jessie Ceja, the principal at Orestimba High School in Newman, California, told Mattos Newspapers that valedictorian Saul Tello, Jr. had earned the right to give his speech in any way he wanted.