A Rhode Island school district has decided to fight the ACLU rather than remove a prayer banner that has been displayed in its high school for nearly 50 years. With some 200 supporters in attendance at a March 7 meeting on the issue, the school committee of Cranston, a suburb of Providence, voted 4-3 to continue displaying the banner, which has been hanging in the Cranston High School West auditorium since 1963.

University of Wisconsin MadisonChalk up a small victory for religious liberty on campus. On March 7 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower-court decision that granted a Catholic campus group student funding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

President Obama may be humbled by the dramatically decreased number of schools requesting his presence at commencement ceremonies. Last year, more than 1,000 schools competed to secure a commencement address from President Obama, but according to a leaked internal White House memo, there is a serious shortage of applicants for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge this year.

ObamaItem:An Education Weekblog for February 14, in a piece entitled “Obama Proposes Modest Hike in Education Spending for FY 2012,” reported that “education is a bright spot in an otherwise tight budget.” The “Politics K-12” blog took note of President Obama’s visit that day to a school in Baltimore County, Maryland. The President said “that while he recognizes the need to rein in federal spending, ‘we can’t sacrifice our future in the proc-ess. That’s especially true when it comes to education.’”

Harvard SquareMore than 40 years after Harvard University severed its relationship with the U.S. military’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC), the elite school announced on March 4 that the program would return to campus later this year. In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam conflict, Harvard officials voted to withhold academic credit from students enrolled in ROTC, and the program left campus a few years later.

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