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Bryn Mawr women’s college in Pennsylvania has clarified its admissions policies in order to accept transgender women and “individuals who live and identify as women at the time of application.”

Bryn Mawr joins Mills, Mount Holyoke, and Scripps Colleges to clarify that they are not moving toward co-education; males who identify as males and females who identify as males are still unwelcome. But males who identify as female are eligible for admission.

In 2014, a Mount Holyoke announcement stated that if a male who identified as a female were admitted, and while at Mount Holyoke decided to identify as a male, the student would be welcome to finish his studies. Also encouraged to apply are “those whose gender identity is unclear or does not fit into the traditional male-female binary.” (Inside Higher Ed, 9-3-14 & 2-10-15)

A recent Gallup poll found that “more than half the country’s teachers are not engaged in their work.” Poll results show that only 30% of full-time teachers feel engaged, while 57% feel “not engaged.” A further 13% reported feeling “actively disengaged” and say they “act out their unhappiness in ways that undermine what their co-workers accomplish.” (Education Week, 1-28-15)

Teachers unions in New York State have been dealt a blow with the arrest of Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver, who has been a great friend to them. He is charged with five counts of corruption related to kickbacks; so far no kickbacks identified are linked to public education. (EIAonline.com, 1-26-15)

The “Enhancing Educational Opportunities for All Act” introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN) would make education funds follow the child to whatever school parents choose and expand Section 529 savings accounts to cover K-12 education expenses. (Lee.Senate.gov, 1-29-15)