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Tucked away in the health care bill, an amendment provides $250 million for abstinence-only education over the next five years. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) pushed the amendment through during Finance Committee negotiations, though no Republicans ended up supporting the bill. States may be reluctant to accept abstinence-only funding, however, because it requires matching state dollars, equivalent to 75% of the federal grant. That is not the case with the "comprehensive" sex education grants preferred by the Obama administration, which will receive $375 million in funding over the same period. (Education Week, 4-7-10).

Unionized teachers in Central Falls, Rhode Island were fired after they refused to work an additional 25 minutes a day, provide tutoring on a rotating schedule, and eat lunch with students once a week. Superintendent Frances Gallo proposed the new terms in an effort to improve the high school’s dismal 48% graduation rate and 7% math proficiency, but refused to pay teachers more. Teacher salaries at the school range from $70,000 to $78,000 in a town with a median income of $22,000. (businessinsider.com, 2-15-10)

A high school health clinic sent a 15-year-old girl off campus to have an abortion during school hours without her parents' knowledge. The mother of the Ballard High School student said her daughter was told that "if she concealed it from her family, it would be free of charge." (komonews.com, 3-23-10)

University of California Berkeley students and professors rallied as part of a nationwide protest against education budget cuts and tuition increases. Despite the worst budget crisis in state history, California taxpayers will subsidize public universities to the tune of $13,000 per student this year. In comparison, Illinois spends $10,000 on each University of Illinois student and New York pays $6,000 for each student in the SUNY system. (Wall Street Journal, 3-5-10)

May 2010 Education Reporter
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