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Civic Action

Proms and alcohol: Area schools tackle issue in their own ways

MAY 15, 2010

High school students speak out at school board meeting to express opposition to mandatory breathalyzer tests at prom because they feel the tests violate their rights.

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Civic Action Civic Education

Students Teach Students

MAY 14, 2010

Older students teach younger students about how to take civic action to help protect dolphins.

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Civic Action

Illegal immigrant student hopes case helps reform

MAY 14, 2010

A student detained for immigration violations hopes her case will spur others to action to promote reform in immigration laws.

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Civic Action

Collinwood Student Walkout

MAY 14, 2010

High school students walk out in protest of teacher layoffs, and again in protest of arrests of two students at first demonstration.  The article discusses the students' use of YouTube and Facebook to organize the protest and expresses concern that adult groups improperly steered the students.

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Games

Don't shoot the messenger

MAY 13, 2010

The author of an article about President Obama's technophobia discusses the benefits of technology (as well as the drawbacks), including the use of video games for educational purposes.

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Civic Action

Sachem Student at Center of Anti-Bullying Legislation

MAY 11, 2010

Student complaints about bullying lead to county anti-bullying legislation.

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Civic Action

Student Gets Detention for Possessing Piece of Candy

MAY 10, 2010

A Texas 3rd grader had to serve a one-week detention after a teacher found a single Jolly Rancher candy in her possession, and her family plans to appeal the decision to the school board.

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Civic Action

In New Jersey, a Civics Lesson in the Internet Age

APRIL 27, 2010

Students use Facebook to organize school walkouts in protest of New Jersey Governor Christie's cuts in state funding for schools.

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Civic Education

Arcadia High School wins national championship on U.S. Constitution

APRIL 26, 2010

Arcadia High School won a national championship Monday that tested students' knowledge of the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution.

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Civic Education Justice O'Connor

Civics 101: The Supreme Court vs. American Idol

APRIL 13, 2010

Former Justice O'Connor often points out that only 1 in 7 Americans knows that John Roberts is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, yet two-thirds of Americans can name a judge on “American Idol”. Mary Kate Cary, author of the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, who, in a recent article, expressed shock at this and other civics education facts, but apparently found hope in the old Our Courts site, where she saw firsthand the ways in which it was engaging students. 

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