Yesterday marked the start of School Choice Week, an event conjured up by the forces that want to divert as much money as possible from the public school system to private (mostly religious) institutions.
Editor’s Note: Several Americans United staff members attended the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. AU was an official partner of the D.C. event, and AU chapters also took part in the sister marches that took place all over the country. Today we’re pleased to present some reflections on this important event.
This is it. Today Donald J. Trump, a real estate developer and reality TV host with no political experience and a bevy of alarming views, is being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
This seemed unthinkable just a few short months ago, but it’s reality, and we have to deal with it.
Advocates and activists I know were certainly disappointed and even angry after the election. But none of them has turned away from activism. If anything, they’re more fired up than ever.
After receiving a letter from Americans United about a church-state violation in November, officials at a Massachusetts public high school have decided to cancel a planned Easter Mass performance by the school choir at a church in Italy.
President-elect Donald Trump may have struggled to attract A-list celebrities to perform at his inaugural ceremonies, but there will be no shortage of clergy on hand Friday to pray him into office.
Six religious leaders are expected to speak during the inauguration: Protestant pastors Franklin Graham, Paula White, Samuel Rodriguez and Wayne T. Jackson will join Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Marvin Hier. Trump’s lineup reportedly is the largest contingent of clergy at an inauguration at least since Ronald Reagan last took the oath of office.
Last night, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education. Senators showed up with a lot of questions for DeVos, who has no experience in education policy but instead has a long record of supporting private school vouchers. Despite protest from the Democrats on the committee, the committee chairman allowed each senator only five minutes to ask all of their questions.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions wrapped up its hearing on Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education at 8:45 last night, and will be back at 10 this morning to hold another confirmation hearing. Up today: Trump’s pick for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.).
The incoming administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump could do some serious damage to separation of church and state – and it might get some help from the U.S. Supreme Court.