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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Irony Alert: Good News Club Posts Article About Childhood Trauma

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

Displaying of a total lack of self-awareness, the Facebook page for the “Good News Club on Television” (yes, that’s a thing) posted an article last week from Wikr, a clickbait-factory website, titled, “7 Childhood Traumas That Can Negatively Affect Your Children As Adults.” The article doesn’t cite any specific study, but mentions “a group of researchers from McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.” I’ve done some homework […]

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Former Coach Joe Kennedy Loses Bremerton School District Lawsuit

Joe Kennedy Bremerton High School lawsuit
Photo: Michaela Roman / Kitsap Sun

Former Bremerton High School assistant football Coach Joe Kennedy lost his lawsuit today as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined his request for an injunction allowing him to return to the school and resume proselytizing his Christian beliefs to football players. The lawsuit arose from a conflict that began when the embattled Washington state high school decided not to renew […]

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DeVos “Refuses To Affirm” Protection for LGBTQ Students

Betsy DeVos “Refuses To Affirm” Protection for LGBTQ Students

In her second appearance before Congress in two weeks, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee and refused “to affirm” whether her department would protect LGBTQ students from discrimination. The refusal to answer questions on her intentions follows a contentious hearing late last month before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in which DeVos argued […]

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DeVos Refuses To Protect LGBTQ Students From Discrimination

Betsy DeVos Refuses To Protect LGBTQ Students From Discrimination

Speaking before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education yesterday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos argued she could see no situation where the federal government should step in to protect students from discrimination in schools. Her remarks were in response to questions from Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) focusing on a school in Indiana that has a policy of expelling and/or denying […]

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Vouchers & Private Schools: Evidence Shows They Harm Students

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

Students at one of America’s historically Black colleges recently booed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who had (inexplicably) been invited to deliver the graduation speech. Many of the graduates also turned their backs when she spoke. This behavior was rude–but it was understandable. Like most of Trump’s Cabinet, DeVos is manifestly unfit for public office. She is an ideologue in the Pence […]

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Florida Religion in School Legislation SB 436 Passes

Religion in public schools may become law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley - SB 436

Late on Friday, the Florida legislature passed SB 436 (also known as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act”) as a part of a compromise to pass changes to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Upon becoming law, SB 436 will prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression.” At […]

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Americans United Sends Warning to School Aiding Good News Club

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

In March, I published a piece about Marrs Elementary School in Indiana, exposing the school’s principal for deleting negative comments on the school’s Facebook page and blocking commenters.  This started when I responded to the school’s post promoting the Good News Club and publishing the group’s permission slip. My comment was quickly deleted and I was blocked from commenting further. So […]

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Florida Religion in School Legislation SB 436 Advances

Religion in public schools may become law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley - SB 436

In February, two Florida legislators proposed companion bills in the state House and Senate that would significantly weaken the church and state wall within public schools. House Bill 303 and it’s companion bill Senate Bill 436 – known collectively as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act” – would prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious […]

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