Public schools are in danger of losing racial and socioeconomic diversity. Busing policies intended to achieve racial diversity in Montgomery County (VA) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg district (NC) schools were struck down in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond just a few days ago, both the Nando Times and the Washington Post report. Quickly following the decision, two black parents in North Carolina appealed the decision, fearing that the decision will resegregate schools, leaving black and poorer children with fewer resources than others (Nando Times). U.S. District Judge Robert Potter ended busing practices in a ruling in favor of seven white parents who claimed such policies amounted to discrimination against whites. Busing, a thirty-year-old solution to a problem that does not seem to be disappearing, works to counter segregation in public schools that occurs from housing patterns that result in racially isolated areas. A similar case is pending in Boston, MA, where a local school’s affirmative action policy was recently struck down.
Media Resources: Boston Globe, Nando Times, and Washington Post - October 8, 1999
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .