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Higher Ed. for Some?

The argument that all students need to be ready for college has its supporters, fueled in no small part by a certain guy who moved into that big white house on Pennsylvania Avenue earlier this year. But the idea has its share of skeptics, too.

Several arguments come into play, from a flammable one about whether all students have sufficient cognitive ability for higher education, to questions about whether most future jobs will demand a college education. Some of these arguments win more political-correctness points than others. How that “correctness” will color the debate over the draft “readiness” standards remains to be seen. —Catherine Gewertz


Book Review

A children’s book called ¡Vamos a Cuba!, or A Visit to Cuba, is the basis of an appeal brought to the Supreme Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, ruled 2-1 in February that the Miami-Dade County, Fla., school board did not violate the First Amendment when it removed the book from school libraries. The majority and dissenting opinions total 177 pages about a book for 4- to 8-year-old readers that is 26 sentences long. —Mark Walsh


You Want Fries With That Fraud?

A corruption probe in South Florida has ensnared a Broward County school board member who is facing federal charges of extortion, wire fraud, and bribery, according to a story in the Sun-Sentinel. Beverly Gallagher allegedly promised two FBI agents, posing as businessmen, that she would steer school construction projects their way. In return, she accepted $12,500 in four payments, according to the story.

The best detail about her dealings with the undercover agents? Gallagher allegedly accepted $2,000 during a restaurant meeting, which she then dropped inside a doggie bag with her leftovers. —Lesli A. Maxwell

Vol. 29, Issue 05, Page 9

Published in Print: September 30, 2009, as Best of the Blogs
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