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Education Briefs

Between 350-400 doses a year of Plan B, “the morning-after pill,” are being dispensed from a vending machine in the campus health center at a small Pennsylvania public college. Shippensburg University sells the “morning after pill” to be used after unprotected sex for $25 a dose. Condoms and pregnancy tests are available from the same machine.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law encouraging teachers in California to teach the history of the Bracero program of Mexican guest workers in grades 7-12 social studies classes. Braceros were allowed into the U.S. temporarily from 1942-1964 to work in fields and on railroads. Some had wages withheld and were mistreated. Brown and state lawmakers are under heavy pressure to pass “anti-Arizona” immigration laws although California is in deep fiscal trouble partially caused by the weight of social services for undocumented workers.

Cheating on Standardized Assessment Tests in elementary schools has occurred in two adjoining states, facilitated by school employees. In St. Louis, MO and East St. Louis, IL, school employees changed students’ answers, supplied questions to students in advance, and coached students during testing. The East St. Louis district dismissed a school principal and two instructional employees after most of their school’s test results were invalidated after cheating was discovered. In the Missouri district where cheating was discovered the previous year, math scores dropped the following year from 40% passing to 14% passing at Ford Elementary School and from 43% to 8% proficient or advanced at Herzog Elementary School. School officials said there is not adequate funding to prevent or analyze cheating.