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Mar, 2001 Issue (page
(February 16, 2001) The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools reported tremendous progress in the last five years for all-girl education: “16 states have offered single-sex classes to girls, and 32 new all-girl schools were founded in cities coast-to-coast.” Woodbury Reports considers this a very positive development in the education of our young people. However during the same time period, The Virginia Military Institute (VMI), described as the last public all-male military school, was forced by the US Supreme Court to go coeducational. Most recently, according to the Washington Post, VMI is now “planning how to accommodate its first pregnant cadet.”
STABBINGS MOTIVATE CALL FOR TOUGHER SAFETY RULES
(February 17, 2001) The Boston Herald reported that two stabbings in two Boston schools resulted in the teacher’s union calling for tougher safety rules. The union President said “This kid should have been out of the Shaw school a long time ago. The school department tolerates these kids. This was an incident waiting to happen.”
PARENTS CAN’T SUE
(February 17, 2001) According to the courierpress.com, Evansville, Indiana, the State Court of Appeals ruled the parents of a slain student cannot sue the school when it did not prevent the assault off school grounds. Their ruling was based on the principle of sovereign immunity: “the notion that the government cannot be sued by the citizenry because that is tantamount to the people suing themselves.”
BRITISH STUDY SHOWS HIGHER AUTISM RATE
(February 18, 2001) The Electronic Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk, reports a study of children in Cambridgeshire that indicates one in 175 children has autism, a considerably higher rate than was previously estimated.
STATE YOUTH PENITENTIARIES BOOST SUICIDE-WATCH EFFORTS
(March 2, 2001) The Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com, reports more teen-age suicides at California Youth Authority jails has led to the tightening of suicide watch guidelines and a call for further investigation. Sen. John Burton, D-San Francisco said he may press for the Legislature to make inquiries as a result of the Feb. 22 hanging of an at-risk 16-year old and two other attempted suicides at CYA the previous week. One those who attempted suicide, a 17-year-old, awoke from a coma Wednesday. The Feb. 22 suicide came four months after a state task force recommended that CYA staff should not rely solely on video cameras to monitor suicidal juveniles.
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