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EDUCATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS STANDARDS (September 2000) The Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB), www.bbb.org, adopted “standards aimed at promoting good business practices within the education industry,” describing a “baseline of professional conduct in advertising, student evaluation, fees, confidentiality of student records, claimed results, and guarantees.” These specific standards were targeted to tutoring businesses “but also apply to education businesses generally by setting forth basic principles in the purchase and presentation of education services.”
EDUCATION SECRETARY ON PUBLIC SCHOOL MONOPOLY
(February 28, 2001) U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, in a talk to Empower America conference in Silicon Valley, was quoted as saying “the idea of a public school monopoly is dead. It needs to be relegated to the Smithsonian because we are going to be in competition with other people.”
NEW HORIZONS SCHOOL IN CALIF. CLOSED
(March 2, 2001) The Bakersfield Californian reported a private school for troubled teens with 13 students was closed and its students were taken into protective custody after allegations of physical and mental abuse.
HIGH SELF-ESTEEM MORE LIKELY TO USE DRUGS? (March 5, 2001) A report on the Lindesmith Center web site http://www.drugpolicy.org, concludes “U.K. Report Finds Youth with High Self-Esteem More Likely to Use Drugs.”
SUIT AGAINST APA, CHADD AND NOVARITIS DISMISSED
(March 12, 2001) Additude Magazine, in a story titled “Ritalin Lawsuit Dismissed,” http://www.additudemag.com/News%20Room/Headlinesmain.htm, states “A federal judge in California has dismissed a class-action lawsuit claiming that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) conspired with CHADD and Novaritis to improperly broaden the diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).” Dr. Steven M. Mirin, medical director for the APA stated “This ruling confirms that this lawsuit, and others like it, have no basis in law or fact. ADHD is a real disease that requires professional diagnosis and treatment. This is a victory for parents seeking to act in the best interests of their children.”
FOURTH AMENDMENT NOT APPLY TO SOCIAL WORKERS
(March 12, 2001) WorldNetDaily, http://www.wnd.com, in an article titled “Parents of 2-Year-old ‘Streaker’ Taken to Court,” reports that the parents lost in their claim that the social worker could not enter their home due to the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protecting the family “from searches without probabe cause.” Cleveland County District Judge Anna Foster ruled that “social workers are not subject to the Fourth Amendment in civil child-abuse and neglect investigations.” The Court found that the Fourth Amendment applies to criminal action and the state, but not to social workers. The family is appealing the decision, and are represented by the Home School Legal Defense Association.
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