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Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum (CRC) will not appeal a circuit court's decision in favor of the controversial sex ed curriculum now in place in Montgomery County, Maryland. "We think there are other avenues that would be more timely and have a greater impact," said a CRC spokeswoman. "We realize that we're not going to get the outcome we're looking for in a Montgomery County court." The group will focus instead on distributing information that challenges the curriculum's content, and on lobbying for the state legislature and board of education to clarify the law CRC believes the curriculum violates. Maryland law prohibits sex ed courses from teaching "erotic techniques," but currently leaves it up to school districts to define that term. (Washington Post, 3-7-08)

The nation's top anti-drug official encouraged educators at a regional summit to perform random drug testing on students in public schools. Drug testing, said John Walters of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, helps to identify students with drug problems and deters students from trying drugs. "The testing is another reason I can say to my friends, when I get tempted, 'I can't because I could be tested,'" he said. About 1,000 school districts already perform random drug tests. (Indianapolis Star, 2-20-08)

The Missouri legislature is poised to approve a new pathway to teacher certification, enabling qualified candidates to change careers to teaching more easily. The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) would train and certify career changers to enter Missouri schools. The ABCTE program tests prospective teachers' knowledge of their subject areas, and requires them to take a teaching methods course and to spend 60 hours training in a classroom. ABCTE already certifies teachers in seven other states. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2-28-08)

April 2008 Education Reporter
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