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The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it was legal for the Miami-Dade School Board to remove a pro-communist book from school libraries. The board granted a parent's petition to remove 49 copies of the children's book A Visit to Cuba and its Spanish version, Vamos a Cuba. The parent, a former political prisoner in Cuba, complained that the book contained misconceptions about personal freedoms in a communist country. Another parent and the ACLU then challenged the book's removal on First Amendment grounds, but the 11th U.S. Circuit Court overturned the July 2006 injunction. (schoollibraryjournal.com, 2-11-09)

Officials in Birmingham, the United Kingdom's second-largest city, decided to drop all apostrophes from street signs. Champions of the queen's English (not "the queens English") protested that it is simply incorrect to call "St. Luke's Road" "St. Lukes Road," or to drop other apostrophes from place names. Councilor Martin Mullaney, who made the decision, says apostrophes are unnecessary. "More importantly, they confuse people," he said. "If I want to go to a restaurant, I don't want to have an A-level [high school diploma] in English to find it." (Associated Press, 1-31-09)

Several Florida lawmakers introduced bills that would require "comprehensive" sex education in Florida schools, instructing students as young as 6th grade in condom usage and other contraceptive methods. State Sen. Jeremy Ring said that the current law on sex ed, which requires teachers to endorse sex only within monogamous, heterosexual marriage, is "offensive." (Orlando Sentinel, 1-29-09)

Obama's inauguration prompted some to call for the end of Black History Month, which Americans celebrate in February. "I propose that, for the first time in American history, this country has reached a point where we can stop celebrating separately, stop learning separately, stop being American separately," wrote columnist Rochelle Riley. (Detroit Free Press, 2-1-09)

March 2009 Education Reporter
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