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New York City teachers could earn as much as $100,000 per year under a new agreement reached last month. Teachers' salaries will rise 7.1% over a two year period, with salaries for teachers with a minimum of three years' experience increasing from $51,102 to $54,730. Senior teachers currently earning $93,416 would earn salaries of $100,049 under the new pact. Unlike previous years, the New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) inked the deal 11 months before the current contract is set to expire.

Public school students in Cleveland will get more sex education, beginning in kindergarten. The expanded curriculum will teach children in grades K-3 "how viruses work" and about "appropriate and inappropriate touching." Students in grades 7-12 will learn about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and respect for others' sexual orientation. Some parents are wondering how to protect their children from inappropriate, sexually explicit classroom instruction.

A 17-year-old Massachusetts student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights claiming an education bias in favor of girls. Doug Anglin maintains that his high school makes it easier for females to succeed, and some agree he has a point, including William Pollack, director of the Centers for Men and Young Men at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School. Pollack points to the many boys in grades K-5 who are unable to behave as well as girls due to biological and social differences. They need five to seven recesses a day, Pollack says, but are lucky to get one. Anglin's complaint also alleges girls have more freedom to wander the school hallways without passes, and are more often rewarded while boys are punished. Anglin recommends giving boys credit for participating in sports, and abolishing community service requirements for graduation.

A teacher at Baker Middle School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, recommended a sexually explicit book to her 6th grade students. One mother complained, and a local TV station, WAFB 9 News, investigated the book, B-Boy Blues, by James Earl Hardy, published in 1994. The reporter found that the book was "filled with sexually explicit scenes, including men having sex together." Baton Rouge School Superintendent Lester Klotz told WAFB News that school officials met with the teacher, and she assured them such an incident will not happen again. Some parents aren't convinced, and want the teacher removed from the classroom.

December 2006 Education Reporter
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