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Thursday, October 31, 2002

Homeschooling in the News

Federal Court Holds Social Worker Bound by Fourth Amendment
Parents in the Texas Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals can rest easy: The Court has ruled that social workers are constrained by the Fourth Amendment when conducting abuse or neglect investigations. The decision is binding in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The question arose when Mary and John Roe sued Texas social worker Beverly Strickland after she came into their home and strip-searched their daughter, Jackie. The social worker was responding to an anonymous tip making non-emergency allegations. She found no evidence of abuse or neglect. According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, the issues in this case were similar to those in the Calabretta case in California, where the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled that social workers must abide by the Fourth Amendment.
Stop the Presses: Government Employees Have to Abide by the Constitution!

Research Worth Reading

Trouble Conceiving? Quit Seafood and Solvents
Related story:Researchers Treat Asthma with House Dust Mite Extract
Researchers have found a link between human infertility and the ingestion of seafood from polluted waters. Researchers from Chinese University of Hong Kong (where people eat large amounts of fresh, locally caught seafood from water contaminated with heavy metals) studied 150 infertile couples undergoing IVF, and 26 fertile couples. Overall, the infertile group had significantly higher blood mercury concentrations than the fertile group. Other studies have found that fertility is also adversely influenced by exposure to pollutants such as solvents.
In a related story, an organization of Catholic men has asked the Church to approve "industrial-strength housecleaning" as a permitted method of birth control.


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This Week in the Public Schools

Chicago Librarian Charged with Sex Crimes
A library aide at a Chicago-area high school has been arrested for having sexual relations with 16- and 17-year-old students. The 41-year-old woman began meeting with teenage boys in her office last year and began having sex with them last month, prosecutors say. She was arrested after one of the boys' parents became suspicious and called police.
She told them she advocates the Do-ey Decimal system.






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