For Some Reason, an Ohio Middle School Displays a Plaque of the Ten Commandments
Apr 25, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta If you walk into the auditorium in Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio, you’ll see this Ten Commandments plaque… for some strange reason. There’s no explanation of it. There’s no context. It’s just a Christian display that says things like “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and other examples of religious …

Mike Pence’s Upcoming Commencement at a Christian Univ. is Already Causing Chaos
Apr 15, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A week after Mike Pence delivers a commencement address at Liberty University (where else?), he’ll be giving another one at Taylor University, a small Christian school in Upland, Indiana. That doesn’t sit well with everyone at the school, though. They have no problem with an evangelical Christian speaker, of course, but unlike Liberty, they have …

Memphis charter schools respond to legal threat over Catholic Church’s morality clause
Apr 9, 2019

By Jennifer Pignolet A national group that advocates for the separation of church and state in schools is threatening legal action over a morality clause in a lease agreement between a group of Memphis charter schools and the Catholic Church. The clause, agreed to by charter schools operating on Catholic Church property, would prohibit any …

Private school sues to get anti-discrimination ordinance overturned despite being exempt from law
Apr 5, 2019

By Alex Bollinger A Catholic school in Ohio is suing over a municipal law that bans discrimination against LGBTQ people. South Euclid, a suburb of Cleveland, passed an ordinance last year that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The ordinance has an exemption for any “religious …

WA Bill Would Require Colleges to Accommodate Absurd Religious Requests
Mar 22, 2019

By Hemant Mehta There’s a bill currently making its way through the Washington state legislature that seems sensible on the surface but could open the door to a lot of problems. SB 5166 is basically meant to give “religious accommodations” for postsecondary students. For example, they shouldn’t be punished for missing an exam that falls on a religious …

South Dakota Will Now Force All Public Schools to Put Up “In God We Trust” Signs
Mar 20, 2019

By Hemant Mehta South Dakota will require all public schools to display “In God We Trust” signs in a prominent place beginning next school year, after Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 55 yesterday. Whether to require the display was a sticking point between the Senate and the House during the legislative session. The Senate Education Committee changed the bill’s …

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 · 2 

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 …