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Education Denied

Terry Branstad, a Republican candidate for Iowa governor, said in a July 27 interview that he disagrees with the longstanding Supreme Court precedent that children in the United States illegally should be provided the benefits of a public education.


Prom Debate Settled

Constance McMillen will be paid $35,000 plus attorney fees to settle her lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, against Itawamba County (Miss.) School District for canceling senior prom because she wanted to attend with her girlfriend in March 2010.


Common Core Standards

After debating whether the new Common Core State Standards would weaken Massachusetts' curriculum, the state's education commissioner, Mitchell Chester, ultimately supported the standards, stating they are in many ways stronger than the state's current standards.


Voicing Complaints

Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, has joined several other groups in criticizing the Obama administration for promoting competitive incentives that he believes are excluding many minority and low-income students.


Rural Schools

South Dakota Education Secretary Tom Oster met with education leaders July 22 in Washington to discuss technological challenges and solutions in rural school districts. He noted that rural schools' Internet infrastructure is becoming outdated with the influx of new technology.