The U.S. Department of Education released a report this week entitled, “Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: An Early Look at Applicants and Participating Schools Under the SOAR Act.” Read more
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The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools came out in late August, illustrating public opinions about a variety of education issues. Two of the issues the Poll addressed are the public’s lack of support for private school vouchers and its misunderstanding about the fact that charter schools cannot teach religion. Read more
In the month of August, members of Congress leave the District and head back to enjoy summer in their home states. This gives you the perfect opportunity to get in touch with your U.S. Representative and Senators and let them know how important church-state separation is to you.
Legislators around the country continue to push for private school vouchers, despite increasing evidence that they just don’t work. The programs in Wisconsin and Florida have both recently made the news for new and continuing problems.
Poor Academics and Accountability Read more
Several bills moved in state legislatures last week that encourage government-sanctioned prayer under the guise of “protecting” religious freedoms. In reality, these bills merely make it easier to evangelize to captive audiences in a government setting.
Virginia Senate Bill 555 Read more
The Alabama legislature discussed two harmful bills yesterday, both of which would result in government promotion of religion in Alabama public schools
Of course, students already have to the right to engage in voluntary, student initiated prayer and religious expression in public schools, making these bills unnecessary. The bills are also harmful because they push for government sponsored and promoted prayer in the public school classrooms, which is not only unconstitutional, but would lead to many students feeling uncomfortable and excluded because of their beliefs. Read more
January was a busy month in state legislatures. From coast to coast, AU has already responded to a wide array of bills that hit on topics such as religious discrimination, marriage inequality, school vouchers, and religion in public schools.
Anti-Sharia Bill in the Northwest Read more
Private school vouchers are being pushed by short-sighted leaders all around the country. About 20 states currently have some sort of private school voucher program and many state leaders intend to try to expand and create even more next year, despite the even further diminishing public support of vouchers. Read more