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More state governments have their hands in the cookie jar — and the vending machine, and the snack kiosk. California's new Food Nutrition Standards Bill bans the sale in schools of "junk food": snacks containing more than 250 calories, more than 35% of calories from fat, or more than 35% sugar by weight. The law exempts certain foods that don't meet these requirements, such as peanut butter, eggs, cheese and nuts. Food manufacturers quickly repackaged and reformulated their most popular snacks to comply with the new rules. (San Francisco Chronicle, 9-28-07)

About 50 Boulder (CO) High School students are protesting the Pledge of Allegiance, especially the phrase "under God," which one student called "almost religious oppression." The students have organized a "protest pledge" in which they "pledge allegiance to the flag and my constitutional rights with which it comes. And to the diversity, in which our nation stands, one nation, part of one planet, with liberty, freedom, choice and justice for all." The school's principal declares he is proud of the students for standing up for their beliefs. (World Net Daily, 9-28-07)

In some school districts, teachers who don't speak Spanish fear their jobs are in jeopardy. Waukegan, IL, a Chicago suburb, has moved a number of non-Spanish-speaking teachers involuntarily to other schools or grade levels, as the town's Hispanic population has increased 25% since 2000. Waukegan School District 60 added 29 bilingual classrooms between 2003 and 2006, for a total of 153 bilingual and 182 English-only classrooms. A field director for the local teachers union said the union would be unlikely to take up the cause of teachers transferred or fired for not speaking Spanish, because of "disagreements based on their educational philosophies" regarding students whose first language is not English. (Chicago Tribune, 8-17-07)

November 2007 Education Reporter
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