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British students will benefit from single-sex classes and new teaching techniques for boys, concluded the government-backed 2020 Vision report this month. The report suggests teachers can narrow the gender gap by using gender-specific curriculum materials, introducing competition into lessons for boys, and giving boys more nonfiction reading. The report also calls for more personalized learning for all students, extra tuition for those struggling in English or math, and advancing students by "stage" of learning attained, rather than by age. (Telegraph, 1-5-2007)

The Cobb County, GA School Board ended the legal battle over its evolution disclaimer sticker, by settling with the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The school board will remove stickers from 35,000 science textbooks, and pay $166,659 toward the ACLU's and AU's legal fees. The sticker stated: "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered." (Catoosa County News, 1-6-2007)

Cheerleaders in New York State must spend equal time cheering boys' and girls' basketball, federal education officials recently ruled. Officials concluded that cheering only at boys' games would violate Title IX. The state's Public High School Athletic Association warned its members that the Education Department wanted cheerleaders at girls' games "regardless of whether the girls' basketball teams wanted and/or asked for" them. (New York Times, 1-14-2007)

A Rhode Island high school cited the "zero tolerance" policy for weapons to prohibit a yearbook photo showing a student holding a prop sword. Patrick Agin chose the photo of himself wearing chain mail and carrying a sword to express his interest in the Middle Ages. He participates in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a 35,000-member group that reenacts medieval entertainments and battles. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit against the school in December, claiming the school violated Agin's right to free speech. It also says the zero tolerance policy is inconsistent, since the school sometimes allows its mascot to carry a prop weapon. (Providence Journal, 1-3-2007)

January 2006 Education Reporter
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