Schools roundup

  • New report: “Schools Cut Back as Litigation Costs Eat into Budgets” [California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, PDF] “Swings too dangerous for Washington schools” [AP; Richland, Wash.]
  • “Appeals Court Ruling Paves Way for Gender Quotas in High School Sports” [Saving Sports, Ninth Circuit on Title IX] More: Alison Somin [Ollier v. Sweetwater Union School District]
  • “College and university administrators demolishing freedom of religion and association” [Bainbridge]
  • “Grenade Launchers: The Newest Must-Have School Supply” [Jason Bedrick/Cato, earlier]
  • “It was against the school policy for elementary kids to have Chapstick” [Amy Alkon; Augusta County, Va.] “Mom Tells Therapist About Briefly Leaving Kids Alone, Shrink Calls Cops” [Lenore Skenazy]
  • Disability and school discipline: “Wondering why a preschooler would ever need to be suspended? Here’s an explanation.” [Amy Rothschild, Greater Greater Washington]
  • Civic education needed: some Greendale, Wisc. parents and educators wonder why non-parents are allowed to vote on school matters [Lenore Skenazy]


  • The grenade launchers are to defend against pop tarts bitten into the shape of a gun.

  • To be consistent the administrators will need to force any of the women’s groups on campus to allow men into positions of leadership. Men who don’t have to believe in what the group is espousing. Men who could, in fact, take over the leadership and turn it into a bowling league if they so chose.

    Even better, a rabbinical studies student should be given an opportunity to be in charge of any Muslim groups on campus. That… would be interesting.

  • To further crabtree, sororities & fraternities must be open to all students, including leadership whether they are members of said fraternity/sorority or not.

  • Here is a thought, it is well known that class action suit attorneys have to
    drum up plaintiffs to flesh out their claims and advertising for such is
    apparently not a problem, would it be against the canons to have an
    agreement with an outside counsel to sue the public agency (here school
    systems) that the inside counsel would then defend against? The example of suits against various federal agencies by environmental organizations
    in which the agency rolls over and pays the legal fees or the organization
    also comes to mind.

  • Okay, so the Greendale, WI parents and educators think
    those without kids should not have a voice or vote on school
    matters? Fine– just refund the property taxes plus interest
    to those property owners without kids & non-school employees,
    plus whatever state and federal aid would come with the taxes.
    Then, also refund the taxes of those who home-school their kids.
    Problem solved!!!