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Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled that “a state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions.” The ruling resulted from a constitutional challenge in Michigan against a voter-approved amendment that forbids the state’s public colleges to take race into account. The ruling does not, however, mean that affirmative action is dead. Federal officials advise that schools can still use affirmative action programs “as long as their state doesn’t ban such programs explicitly.”

In the category of studies that prove the obvious, “9 percent of high school kids who had been bullied in the past year carried a weapon to school, while 5 percent of kids who had not been bullied carried a weapon.”  There’s no link to the original study in the article, but there’s more detailed information here.

Title IX “requires colleges to investigate and resolve reports of sexual misconduct—including assault—whether or not the police are involved.” I imagine most readers of this blog work at the k-12 level, but it’s still important to understand the requirements of the law, especially for those of us working at the high school level.

University Heights High School is on St. Anns Avenue in the South Bronx, which is part of the poorest congressional district in America, according to the Census Bureau. Six miles away is the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, with its arched stone entrance and celebrities’ children and $43,000-a-year tuition. Eight years ago, as part of a program called Classroom Connections, students from the schools began exchanging letters, which eventually led to a small group from University Heights visiting Fieldston for a day.”

There are fewer pregnant teens than at any time since we started tracking the statistic, according to new data from the Guttmacher Institute. The teenage birthrate and abortion rate have also hit record lows, although the decline has been slightly less dramatic.” This is excellent news.