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 …

Does ‘In God We Trust’ belong in schools? More and more states say yes.
Dec 3, 2018

By Moriah Balingit A week after the school massacre in Parkland, Fla., when grief-stricken students demanded action at the state Capitol, Rep. Kimberly Daniels took to the floor to promote a measure she said had been inspired by God, who she said spoke to her in a dream. God “is the light. And our schools …

Evolution Is Still True, but…
Nov 28, 2018

By Glenn Branch November 12, 2018, was a date worth celebrating. It was the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Epperson v. Arkansas, which struck down a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution in Arkansas’s public schools. In his opinion for the court, Justice Abe Fortas wrote, “there can be no doubt that …

Texas Will Keep Teaching Kids That Moses Influenced the Founding of America
Nov 19, 2018

By David Gee The Texas Board of Education has decided to keep the biblical character of Moses in the part of the social studies curriculum that discusses historical figures important to the founding of the United States. We reported in September on the board’s preliminary vote, which recommended keeping Moses and removing Hillary Clinton from the overall curriculum. …

First-grade public school teacher’s ‘daily Bible verse’ angers parents in Texas district
Nov 15, 2018 · 1 

By Brandon Mulder Parents of students in a Texas public school district have taken issue with an online video a first-grade teacher showing her class repeating Bible verses, apparently in violation of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down school-sponsored Bible readings and prayer. The video, which was posted to Facebook on Nov. 1 by …

New Arizona K-12 science standards recognize evolution
Oct 25, 2018

By Lily Altavena The Arizona State Board of Education approved revised science and history standards on Monday, shrugging off outgoing State Superintendent Diane Douglas’ suggestion to replace all the standards with a set from a conservative college in Michigan. The science standards include edits recommended by the Arizona Science Teachers Association after an outcry over how …

Atheist Group Calls for Arkansas Razorbacks Coaches to Stop Praying with Players
Oct 24, 2018

By Hemant Mehta Here’s some life advice for Christian athletes and coaches everywhere. If your public university is breaking the law by letting coaches praying with athletes on the field, don’t brag about it online. Julian B. Griffin, the Offensive Quality Control coach at the University of Arkansas, tweeted this picture of Associate Head Coach Jeff …

Creationist Who Said He Supported “Fact-Based Curriculum” Wins School Board Race
Oct 23, 2018

Darrell Furgason just won an election to the Chilliwack School District Board (in British Columbia), and that may seem like good news if you glance at his platform and believe he truly supports “Academic Excellence,” “Inclusivity for all,” and a “Quality, fact-based curriculum.” It’s too bad he doesn’t actually believe any of those things. Furgason is actually an …

Pence’s Religious Freedom Policy Made ‘LGBQ’ Hoosiers Sick—Literally
Oct 17, 2018

By Sunnivie Brydum A new study reveals the scope of psychological damage done by Indiana’s 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning Hoosiers. Although the study, led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Center for LGBT Health Research, stops short of suggesting Indiana’s law directly caused LGBQ people to feel physically …