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Feds require teaching about Constitution on Sept. 17. A 2004 federal law requires every school and college that receives federal money to teach about the Constitution on September 17, the day the document was signed in 1787. The U.S. Department of Education in May outlined how it plans to enforce the provision, which was tucked by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) into a spending bill last year. The law apparently represents the first time that the federal government has dictated teaching content to schools.

Training of principals is inadequate, with scant attention given to firing ineffective teachers, three new studies conclude. Eleven of the most popular college textbooks for training prospective school principals fail to focus on critical personnel decisions such as firing bad teachers, reports a study released in May by Frederick M. Hess and Andrew P. Kelly of the American Enterprise Institute. "Not one text provided a single positive reference to the possible benefit of removing an ineffective teacher," the study states. A separate AEI study faulted 31 graduate education courses particularly in the area of faculty management to foster greater academic achievement by students. A study by Arthur E. Levine, president of Teachers College, Columbia University, and released in March, concluded that "the majority of [educational administration] programs range from inadequate to appalling."

Strip-searching a whole class held unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Cincinnati, held in April that a strip search of students at a Michigan high school violated the Fourth Amendment's bar to unreasonable searches. The search in question took place after a girl reported that $364 had been stolen from her gym bag during a physical education class. Boys and girls were searched in separate locker rooms. The teachers did not touch the students.

July 2005 Education Reporter
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