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New law expands religious expression in schools (access required)

Sen. Linda Gray often cites "The New England Primer" while delivering speeches on the Senate floor. In a committee hearing June 10, the Glendale Republican read an excerpt: "I believe in God the Father, Almighty Maker of heaven and Earth, and in Jesus his only Son our Lord, which was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried." Gray was trying to make a point.

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To search or not: Arizona officials react to high court ruling in school strip-search (access required)

To some observers, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that an Arizona school violated a 13-year-old student's rights by strip-searching her represented a defeat for officials working to stem the flow of drugs into schools. To others, the verdict upheld the idea that schools can sometimes act recklessly, even when fighting to keep illegal substances off school grounds.

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ASU students to study the classics — without opening a book (access required)

Philosophy Professor Ted Humphrey plans to share his appreciation of the classics with 40 to 60 incoming students this fall, assigning them more than a dozen works - from Aeschylus to Virgil. Academically, it's a heavy load. But in the a strict Newtonian sense, all those hundreds of thousands of words will weigh little more than a loaf of bread. That's because Humphrey's students will not be reading between the covers of standard textbooks.

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Lawmakers tackle education budget first (access required)

A veto last week of public school funding has left Arizona unable to receive a billion dollars in federal stimulus aid for education, but lawmakers are hoping to pass legislation today (July 6) to restore the funding and qualify for the federal money.

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