February 16th, 2012
04:40 PM ET

Should states change the dropout age?

CNN's education contributor Steve Perry on a "USA Today" editorial calling for a change in the school dropout age.

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February 16th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Should states regulate bagged lunch?

Carolina Journal's Sara Burrows on furor over North Carolina forcing kids to eat school lunch if bagged lunch doesn't meet USDA rules.

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February 16th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

Child's lunch confiscated over USDA rule

From CNN Affiliate WTVD: A North Carolina employee allegedly confiscated the homemade lunch of a preschooler for not meeting USDA guidelines.

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February 16th, 2012
12:32 PM ET

Today's Reading List

Here's what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:

NSTA: NSTA Legislative Update: February 2012
The National Science Teacher's Association is tracking the progress of reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). A Senate committee has approved a bipartisan bill, but it won't come up for a full Senate vote until the House passes a bipartisan bill as well. The House is pushing their version in small chunks, but only one bill, to reauthorize and streamline charter schools, has the support of both parties.

NPR: R.I. Student Draws Ire Over School Prayer Challenge
A federal judge has sided with a 16-year-old atheist who sued over a school prayer banner that has hung in her school since the 1960s. School officials have covered the banner in plywood and an American flag as they decide whether to appeal the ruling.

Arizona Daily Star: Classroom sex talk, insults not enough to get some TUSD employees fired
A public records request yielded 250 pages of documents related to incidents involving Tucson Unified School District teachers and staff during the first 9 months of 2011. While the district did fire some staff over violations, no teachers were terminated in that time, even though the district's superintendent admits that some of the misbehaviors should have resulted in dismissal.

Carolina Journal Online: Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”
A preschooler's mother packs a lunch that her preschool daughter will eat, including a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and juice. Officials replaced the homemade meal with one that meets USDA guidelines, but the four-year-old would only eat the chicken nuggets in the new meal.

Gazette.com: D-49 teacher selected for Holocaust workshop
Twenty teachers will attend a workshop next month at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Horizon Middle School teacher Liz Dalzell-Wagers says that she will use the experience to teach her students about the impact of the Holocaust on America.

Should race be a factor in college admissions?
Gov. Jerry Brown supports the effort to overturn California's Proposition 209, which bans race as a factor in college admissions.
February 16th, 2012
07:10 AM ET

Should race be a factor in college admissions?

By Carl Azuz, CNN

(CNN) It’s not a new debate by any stretch, but a renewed effort - and court case - are putting it back in the spotlight.  Some of California’s African-American and Latino students are hoping a federal appeals court will allow public universities to consider race when admitting new students.

Affirmative action in California’s public agencies has been banned for 16 years.

In Proposition 209, voters decided that race shouldn’t be a deciding factor.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Prop 209 in 1997, and the California Supreme Court has upheld it twice.

But the issue is back in front of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court for several reasons.  Civil rights advocates who want the ban overturned point to a pair of cases:  A 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed law schools to consider race in admissions, and a 2011 federal appeals court ruling overturned Michigan’s ban on considering race in higher education.  California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, supports the effort to overturn Prop 209; during the last legal battle, the state’s Republican governor, Pete Wilson, supported the ban.

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