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According to the District Dossier, an Education Week blog, the Menifee Union School District in California recently removed all Merriam-Webster dictionaries from its classrooms.


Let’s see what the news media has to report.

Menifee school officials remove dictionary over term “oral sex.”

Read the article, here.

Dictionaries removed from Menifee classroom: books are being reviewed after parent finds offensive words

Read the article, here.

I hope you noticed the difference in reporting.

So, it is likely that the real issue here is the “seven dirty words” and not the inclusion of the entry “oral sex,” which the first article’s title would lead you to believe.  But I don’t have the dictionary in question at my disposal to check for myself.

Does the difference in reporting make a difference, however, in whether the dictionaries should have been pulled?


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The Wall Street Journal asked four policy makers to comment on four critical issues: health care, the economy and finance, energy and the environment, and an educated workforce. 

Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius spoke about health care; Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Christina Romer, made remarks about the economy and finance; Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Carol M. Browner, commented about energy and the environment.  Finally, Michelle Rhee, DC Public Schools Chancellor, added her take on an educated work force.  Rhee spoke about topics such as how to lead, firing employees, finances, spending, and vouchers and charter schools.


On Friday, October 23rd, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist directed superintendents to end teacher assignments based on seniority.  The rationale: The state’s Basic Education Program (BEP) requires “the continuous improvement of student learning” to be the basis for all decisionmaking, including all personnel decisions and evaluations, which makes it impossible, according to the Commissioner, for districts to comply with the BEP provision that the Board of Regents approved last June.

Read the entire news release


Education Policy & Practice

March 2023

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