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Religion, Schools & Vouchers: Footing The Bill For Proselytizing

religious proselytizing - prayer in schools & promotion of religion using tax money via school vouchers

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has reported on Indiana’s school voucher program–the largest such program in the United States–and has followed that report with a wider-ranging, scathing editoriallisting additional issues with the program. The newspaper’s revelations didn’t surprise those of us who have been watching what I can only call “the voucher scam.” Whatever the motives of the people who originally supported these programs–and […]

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Houston Student Suspended For Sitting During Pledge of Allegiance

Windfern High School in Houston, Texas expelled 17-year-old India Landry for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to a lawsuit filed last week, Windfern High School in Houston, Texas expelled 17-year-old India Landry for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Though she’d been sitting out the pledge for years, on Monday, October 2, 2017 she happened to be in the principal’s office when the pledge began over the school intercom. It was the school administration’s knee-jerk […]

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Louisiana School Threatens Students Who Kneel During Anthem

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This morning, the administration of Parkway High School in Bossier Parish, Louisiana sent a letter to all students (and their parents) threatening to punish any student athlete who engages in silent protest during the national anthem. In the letter, Principal Waylon Bates rationalized the unconstitutional threat referring to state high school athletic regulations saying all athletes must “stand in a respectful […]

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Florida: Pasco County School Targets Student Kneeling During Pledge

Wiregrass Elementary Pledge of Allegiance controversy

Pasco County school district in Florida is under fire after targeting and publicly humiliating a student who chose to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance this week. The incident follows Trump’s attack on NFL players sitting out the anthem to protest racial injustice. Reporting on the infringement of the student’s constitutional rights, ABC 6 reported: A first grader in Pasco […]

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Texas School Falsely Tells Students Pledge is Legally Mandatory

Midland High School in trouble again over compelling students to say the Pledge of Allegiance

Midland High School in Midland, Texas is under fire for a presentation to students that instructed them standing for the Pledge of Allegiance is legally mandatory. Following outcry from parents after the presentation, school officials claimed it was merely a “misunderstanding.” CBS 7 in Texas reported on the incident: “It’s basically a law,” Seth Ortega said. “We need to stand to […]

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Liberals On Campus: The Indoctrination Myth

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A few days ago, the editorial page editor of the Indianapolis Star wrote an article in which he counseled a “young conservative” on how to navigate Indiana University’s “left-wing” campus in Bloomington. There are so many things wrong with the consistent right wing trope about “lefty” professors, the perceived persecution of their conservative colleagues, and the imagined “indoctrination” of their students–where to […]

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Pence – Black Is White: The Disastrous “School Choice” Movement

National media outlets report that Mike Pence is again touting the virtues of “school choice.” Evidently, in the alternate reality that he and Betsy DeVos inhabit, vouchers and other “choice” programs are working wonderfully. The evidence suggests otherwise–unless by “working,” they mean subsidizing religious schools and benefitting business’ bottom line. Two recent reports, one from the Washington Post and another, lengthy investigation from the New […]

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How Not To Win Friends….Or Persuade People

Indianapolis Public School Board

When he was asked about policy disagreements, former Indiana Senator Dick Lugar had a favorite saying: “That’s something about which reasonable people can disagree.” That attitude–that recognition that well-meaning people can come to different conclusions–is the foundation of civil discourse and democratic deliberation. Unfortunately, Americans have lost that essential insight (along with the reasonable GOP to which Lugar belonged). What […]

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Educational Choice: It Really Isn’t About the Quality of Education

No one who watched Mike Pence dramatically expand Indiana’s voucher program at the expense of the state’s public schools, and certainly no one who has followed the appointment and appalling performance of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, could come away thinking “Boy, those people really care about education!” Despite their rhetoric, Pence, DeVos and a number of other proponents of […]

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