Yesterday afternoon the House passed H.R. 592, a bill allowing taxpayer money to go towards rebuilding of houses of worship by a vote of 354-72. Such funding would entangle religion and government by forcing taxpayers to fund religion with which they may not agree, violating the separation of church and state.
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Despite the fact that we don’t get to see Texas Governor Rick Perry in the limelight as much anymore, we are still feeling the negative effects of his attempts to chip away at the wall of separation of church and state. Most recently, he nominated Barbara Cargill as the Chair of the Texas State Board of Education.
The name “School Choice Week” sounds inevitably positive: the more choices, the better, right? Why would anybody not support school choice? Unfortunately, in the case of school vouchers, this choice is often an illusion. Here’s why:
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal contained an opinion piece by Avi Schick, an attorney in private practice in New York. Schick demands taxpayer aid to pay for houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy and implies that this is just a commonsense thing to do.
I was born and raised on the Jersey shore. My parents are still making repairs to their house, which sustained damage in Sandy’s wake. Believe me, I understand that this is serious business.
The 2011 PDK/Gallup Poll, which annually tracks public opinion on a range of public education issues, was released today. It shows record opposition to private school vouchers this year. In response to the question, “Do you favor or oppose allowing students and parents to choose a private school to attend at public expense?” 65 percent said they were opposed.
The battle over the proposed Pennsylvania private school voucher program continues this week as the House Education Committee holds additional hearings on the issue in Harrisburg. The Committee will hear testimony regarding the proposal on Wednesday, August 17, and Thursday, August 18. We strongly encourage you to attend and support those speaking out against private school vouchers.
This Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House Education Committee will be holding a day-long hearing on the proposed statewide private school voucher program. This hearing is part of the Committee’s summer hearing series, which will take the Committee across the state. Usually, such events are held at the state capitol, in Harrisburg, but this hearing will be held in Philadelphia, PA. We encourage those of you in the Philly area to take advantage of the rare opportunity to address the Committee in your city.
By Nate Hennagin
Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives once again defeated an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 1540), which would have created a $10 million private school voucher program for military dependent children with special needs.
By Nate Hennagin
Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate and Governmental Affairs committee rejected a bill that would have created a Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds. The bill, HB 277, was voted down 5-2 because of concerns that potential litigation over the display would be too costly for the state.