Missouri Bill to Teach Bible Class in Public Schools Inches Closer to Law
Mar 18, 2019

By David G. McAfee A bill sponsored by a Missouri legislator would allow public school districts to offer elective Bible classes to students. HB 267 wouldn’t force districts to offer the classes like a similar bill in Florida, but it still opens the schools up to possible legal troubles if the classes aren’t taught objectively. The legislation — …

Anti-Vax Parents Lose Bid to Send Kids to School Amid Measles Outbreak
Mar 15, 2019

By David G. McAfee A judge in New York has ruled against anti-vaxxer parents who want to send their unvaccinated kids to school during a measles outbreak. More than 40 unvaccinated students were banned from the private Green Meadow Waldorf School in Rockland County, where local residents are currently experiencing a measles outbreak. Several parents …

DeVos allows religious groups to provide taxpayer-funded services in private schools
Mar 13, 2019

By Moriah Balingit and Morgan Smith Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced this week she would no longer enforce a rule that bars religious institutions from providing certain taxpayer-funded services in private schools, saying the restriction ran afoul of a recent high-court decision. Under the federal education law, private schools are entitled to many of the …

Bill requiring school elective Bible course passes FL House Education panel
Mar 8, 2019

By Curt Anderson TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would require all Florida public high schools to offer elective courses on the study of the Bible won approval Thursday in a House committee but still faces many hurdles and constitutional questions before it could become law. The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Kimberly Daniels of …

Betsy DeVos Demands $5 Billion In Federal Tax Credits For Religious Schools
Mar 5, 2019

By Michael Stone Destroying public education: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is demanding $5 billion in taxpayer money go to fund private, religious schools. The New York Times reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday pitched a $5 billion federal tax credit that would fund scholarships to private schools and other educational programs… And Common Dreams reports: The …

Critics of Christian Home Schooling Are Calling for Reform. Here’s Why.
Mar 1, 2019 · 2 

By Hannah Brashers Last month, self-described “exvangelical” and writer Chris Stroop coined the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools. The hashtag was in direct response to the news that Karen Pence had taken a job at a Christian school infamous for its discrimination against LGBTQ students. #ExposeChristianSchools quickly exploded on Twitter into a collection of personal stories, highlighting the dangers posed …

Secret Video Shows Kentucky Biology Teacher Promoting Christianity to Students
Feb 22, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A high school pre-AP Biology teacher in Kentucky has been accused of promoting Christianity in the classroom, and you don’t have to take my word for it, because there’s video evidence. Where there are apparently multiple instances of this happening, one particular incident was caught on tape. It began when the teacher …

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants to Push Christian Revisionist History in Public Schools
Feb 19, 2019 · 1 

By Andrew Seidel Christian nationalists are always looking for ways to use our public schools to promote their warped, revisionist version of U.S. history. Myths like Christianity and the Bible playing a central role at the Constitutional Convention (nope, and it didn’t include a formal prayer either), like George Washington praying in the snow at Valley Forge …

In Iowa, Religious Student Groups Get a License to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People
Feb 15, 2019 · 1 

By Lisa Needham A federal district court in Iowa ruled last week in favor of a religious student group that openly rejects LGBTQ individuals—a victory in the ongoing conservative battle to give religious organizations license to discriminate in the name of faith. The case stems from a conservative Christian student group at the University of Iowa that sought …

School cancels Darwin play after complaints from Christian parents
Feb 13, 2019

By Sophie Lewis An elementary school in Britain has canceled its performances of a musical on evolution after complaints from some Christian parents over some of its lyrics. About 90 students were preparing to perform “Darwin Rocks!,” a musical about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, next month at Hartford Manor Primary School — …

South Carolina Bill Would Inject “Creation Science” Into Public Schools
Feb 7, 2019 · 6 

By Hemant Mehta Some state legislators try to push Creationism into science classrooms by using coded language. For example, they say they want schools to teach the “strengths and weaknesses” of various scientific ideas. But South Carolina Republican Reps. Dwight A. Loftis and James Mikell “Mike” Burns never got that memo. They’re the sponsors of House Bill 3826, …

VA Lawmaker Behind Bible Bill Says He Wouldn’t Support Similar Qur’an Bill
Feb 7, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Virginia State Sen. Charles Carrico is one of several Republicans across the country to introduce a Project Blitz-inspired piece of legislation to push the Bible in public schools. His bill, SB 1502, would force public school districts in the state to offer Bible courses to students. While the bill calls for religious neutrality, forcing such classes on …