Duly noted: Dec 7 – Dec 13, 2009

  • Anger over the University of California tuition increase continues.  Students barricaded themselves into a San Francisco State University building.  26 were arrested.  In addition, 8 people were arrested at UC-Berkeley for breaking windows, lights, and planters outside the home of the chancellor of the University of California.  On Friday night, 40-70 protester threw incendiary devices at police cars and the Chancellor’s home.
  • The Sixth Circuit upheld the Memphis City School’s policy of paddling students as a form of corporal punishment.  Martin Nolan, a former student, sued the school, alleging that he was paddled by his basketball coaches for missing practices, poor grades, and missing shots during a basketball game.  The unanimous panel found that the jurors could have reasonably concluded that the punishment was not excessive and was motivated by legitimate disciplinary concerns.
  • Plans for national certification for school principals are underway.  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards said this week that it is in the final stages of crafting specific standards for principals.  The announcement came at the 20-year-anniversary of the development of advanced teacher’s certification program.
  • study by an independent research group compares American-born Hispanics to first-generation immigrant Hispanics.  While U.S.-born Hispanics are less likely to drop out of school and live in poverty, they are more likely to have exposures to gangs and violence and more likely to end up in prison.
  • Citing “an altered financial landscape,” Harvard University slows expansion of its campus and suspended the construction of a state-of-the-arts science center that was to house stem-cell researchers.  The center was originally scheduled to be completed in 2011.
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