Duly noted: Oct 12-18, 2009

duly notedGreta’s note: Duly noted will be a regular feature of the Law and Education Blog.  It will be a compilation of notable news, opinion articles, and essays about law and education during the past week that we want to share with our readers.  It will appear on Sunday evenings.

  • Math scores in the U.S. plateaued.  Nationwide disparity among states and achievement gaps among children of different races did not diminish despite No Child Left Behind.  DC, with the worst average score among 8th graders, nonetheless celebrates its 5-point improvement since 2007.
  • 6-year-old Zachary Christie, who was suspended for 45 days for bringing a “combination folding knife, fork, and spoon” to school, is back in school after board members voted unanimously to overturn the punishment.
  • In the Wall Street Journal, Peter Berkowitz criticizes Yale Press’s decision to remove all representations of Muhammad from its new book, “The Cartoons that Shook the World”, and laments a general decline of the freedom of speech in academia.
  • The Frankfurt Book Fair took place last week.  China was its guest of honor, spurring criticism from dissidents against the country’s record of censorship and lack of freedom of speech.
  • The en banc court of the Sixth Circuit, in a 8-8 decision, rejects the suit of a group of school districts that challenged the districts’ obligation to spend their own money in order to fulfill the “unfunded mandates” in the No Child Left Behind statutes.  Because the en banc court was deadlocked, the original district judge’s decision to dismiss the suit stands.
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