Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans LGBTQ Employees And Kids
Jan 16, 2019

By Rebecca Klein Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. It’s not a school where everyone is welcome. In a “parent agreement” posted online, the school says it will refuse admission to students who participate in or condone homosexual …

Indiana GOP Legislator Sponsors Bill to Teach Creationism in Public Schools
Jan 15, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Indiana State Sen. Dennis Kruse is one of the most anti-science, pro-forced Christianity legislators in the country. This is a guy who co-authored a bill to require recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in public schools, wanted Creationism taught in science classrooms, and tried making it illegal for kids to learn sex ed in school without their parents’ permission. He’s just full …

North Dakota lawmakers want to require Bible study in public schools
Jan 9, 2019 · 5 

By Zack Ford A group of North Dakota lawmakers — all Republicans — have introduced legislation that would require the state’s public schools to teach a unit on the Bible. The unit could be on the Old Testament, the New Testament, or a mix of the two, and would count toward students’ social studies credit requirements. As …

Arizona GOP Legislators File Overreaching Bills to Stifle Classroom Discussions
Dec 28, 2018

By Hemant Mehta Two new bills filed by Arizona legislators could stifle free speech in the classroom and prevent teachers from having honest, open, interesting discussions about some of the most important topics they face. House Bill 2002, filed by Republican State Rep. Mark Finchem, would prohibit public school teachers from “engaging in political ideological or religious advocacy …

W.Va. mom says her daughter was bullied after they balked at Bible classes in public school
Dec 24, 2018

By Corky Siemaszko The chill set in not long after word got out that Elizabeth Deal’s little girl was not taking the Bible class at her West Virginia public grammar school. Her daughter, Jessica Roe, then a first-grader, felt it first. When her teacher and the pastor who ran that class realized they didn’t have …

Citing the Bible, TN School Board Member Rejects Gay-Straight Alliance Club
Dec 19, 2018

By Hemant Mehta This shouldn’t be controversial: A group of students at Volunteer High School in Tennessee wanted to start a chapter of the Gay-Straight Alliance and completed all the necessary steps to do it. Their principal approved the paperwork, and the group was official… except for one problem: The Hawkins County Board of Education …

Opponents of Bible classes in a W. Virginia county’s schools win round in court
Dec 19, 2018

By Jon Heim Parents engaged in battle with a West Virginia school system that for decades allowed Bible classes in elementary and middle schools won a round in a federal appeals court this week, setting the stage for a renewed legal tussle. The ruling means that the case will be sent back to a district …

Christian Group Opposes Meditation, Says Mindfulness Is Against Their Religion
Dec 17, 2018 · 2 

By David G. McAfee A Christian advocacy group is taking a stand against meditation in public schools, saying it violates separation of church and state by pushing students into “mindfulness” practices that are “clearly antithetical to the Christian religion.” The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), run by Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime church/state separation …

Texas State Rep. Files Bill to Let Teachers Post Ten Commandments in Classrooms
Dec 12, 2018

By Hemant Mehta A Texas Republican has already filed a bill that would allow public school teachers to post the Ten Commandments in their classrooms. State Rep. Dan Flynn says in HB 307 that “The board of trustees of an independent school district may not prohibit the posting of a copy of the Ten Commandments in a prominent location in …

Florida GOP Gov.-Elect Appoints Anti-Science Members to Education Committee
Dec 11, 2018

By Hemant Mehta With Florida’s next governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, ready to take the helm, you can bet science education isn’t on the list of priorities. We saw the first sign of that recently when DeSantis “announced his 41-person team to develop a plan aimed at implementing his education goals.” On that list? Two people who are connected …

Catholic Chastity Speaker Tells TX Public School Students “Safe Sex Isn’t Safe”
Dec 7, 2018

By Hemant Mehta A Texas school district invited an abstinence-only advocate to speak to students during the school day recently, and they were rewarded with the exact kind of misinformation you’d expect from someone whose sex education résumé consists solely of the word “Don’t.” Jason Evert, a Catholic author, told kids at Industrial High School in Vanderbilt …

Christian Group Brags About WV Teachers Illegally Starting School Bible Clubs
Dec 3, 2018 · 2 

By Hemant Mehta The dumbest lawbreakers in society have to be the ones who broadcast their crimes to the world as if they’re invincible, and that seems to be what a Christian group known as GenerationNXT (Generation Next) did this past September when they posted this message on Facebook: A big thank you to our …