According to an Associated Press (AP) report in the Daily News, legislators supporting a measure to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students have put a hold on consideration of the bill after learning of Gov. Bill Haslam’s concerns.
In a 7-1 vote, Parkland School Board approved the sale of advertising inside school buses, reports the Express-Times. The pilot program will roll out on 46 buses and is expected to generate $150,000 in revenue for the school district annually. Parkland may be the first district in the state to sell advertising space in its buses.
A white teacher has filed suit against Chicago Public Schools (CPS) after being suspended by his principal for five days without pay, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The teacher, Lincoln Brown, claims he used the n-word in front of his majority African-American class at Murray Language Academy in October 2011 after one of his students passed a note to a girl with rap lyrics including the word.
San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over La Jolla High School (LJHS) officials limiting messages that can be painted on three senior benches on campus, says the La Jolla Light.
According to the Billings Gazette, members of the Helena School Board approved terms of a settlement agreement regarding a lawsuit filed by opponents of the school district’s controversial health curriculum approved in 2010. The group alleged various open-meeting violations and violations of the requirements to provide public records in connection with the passage of the health enhancement curriculum.
The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has granted waivers to ten states from some of the No Child Left Behind Act’s (NCLB) toughest requirements, including that schools prepare every student to be proficient in math and reading by 2014 or risk escalating sanctions.
A federal district court in California has ruled that a school district violated the Title IX rights of a class of female student-athletes because of the unequal treatment and benefits afforded the girls’ softball program in comparison to those afforded the boys’ baseball program. The court also found that the school district was liable for retaliation under Title IX for firing the girls’ softball coach, who had complained about the unequal facilities.
A federal district court in Wisconsin has denied a student’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would have temporarily prevented a middle school principal from banning students from wearing a cancer awareness bracelet bearing the message “I ♥ Boobies” while in school.