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The Great Debate: Ham And Nye Square Off Over Evolution

Last night’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on the subject of creationism provided no real surprises to anyone on either side of the issue.  But the event, which drew an incredible audience of roughly 500,000 online viewers in addition to a sold-out live audience, didn’t just hold interest for scientists. Read more

Indiana AU Hosts Rob Boston

If you live within driving distance of downtown Indianapolis you won't want to miss Rob Boston.  Rob will speak at Indiana Civic Day, on Saturday, February 8, at 11 AM.  This annual event is co-sponsored by Indiana AU and Center For Inquiry Indiana.

Textbook Case: Texas Education Board Seeks To De-Politicize Book Review Process – Maybe

It looks like Texas may be trying to put an end to its annual showdown over whether to add creationism to public school science textbooks.

A new procedural change does something fairly radical: It gives priority to qualified teachers on the external review panels that assist the book selection process. Read more

The ‘Conscience’ Charade: S.D. Lawmakers Reject Unnecessary Church Protection Bill

An outbreak of common sense has struck parts of the South Dakota legislature.

Last week, the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 to reject a completely unnecessary bill that would have made it clear that clergy can’t be forced to perform wedding ceremonies that violate their right of conscience. Read more

Choice Challenge: ‘National School Choice Week’ Is Ending, But the Fight Against Vouchers Isn’t Over

“National School Choice Week” may be winding down, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that your tax dollars aren’t used to fund religious schools through voucher schemes.

You’ve heard a lot from Americans United this week about the truth behind “school choice.” So by now you may be aware that this whole “School Choice Week” publicity stunt is really about vouchers, and vouchers aren’t really about improving educational choices for anyone. Read more

Military Maneuvers: New Armed Forces Rules On Religious Expression Spark Religious Right Complaints About Christian ‘Persecution’

A recent effort by the Pentagon to make religious minorities feel more welcome in the U.S. Armed Forces has the Religious Right up in arms. Read more

Misleading Minorities: Voucher Advocates Hope To Win African American and Latino Support With ‘School Choice’

It’s National School Choice Week, and voucher advocates continue to push their ideological agenda at the highest levels of government. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today proposed sweeping legislation that would direct $24 billion in public funds to block grants for state voucher programs. Families living under the poverty line would receive an average of $2,100 per eligible child to apply toward tuition at any accredited school.
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National School Choice Week: It’s Really About Vouchers

Yesterday marked the start of “National School Choice Week.” Although some of the groups and individuals behind this annual event are interested in things like charter schools and public school choice, it’s mainly a vehicle for promoting private school voucher plans.

Vouchers, of course, aren’t really about choice. Oh, there’s choice, all right – for the schools. They get to decide which students they will admit. They get to decide what to teach them. They get to decide who will teach there. They get to decide if they want to impose theology onto students.   Read more

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