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Texas SBOE Does It Again!

By Nate Hennagin

On Friday, in a slim 7-6 decision, the Texas State Board of Education passed a resolution that purports to correct alleged “pro-Islam/anti-Christian” language in public school textbooks. The inflammatory resolution is another example of the SBOE putting politics before education and only adds more fuel to anti-Islam rhetoric. Read more

Clergy Action Needed in Florida!

The Florida House and Senate are considering two joint resolutions, HJR 1399 and SJR 2550. If passed by the legislature, the joint resolutions would place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot in November. Read more

HB 31: School Prayer Strikes Back in Florida

On Tuesday morning, I found out that a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday morning on a school prayer bill in the Florida House PreK-12 Education Policy Committee.  This bill has been around for a number of years, and thankfully, hasn’t been passed by the legislature. Read more

Vouchers Defeated on Senate Floor!

Senator Lieberman's DC voucher amendment was defeated yesterday in the Senate, 42-55!  This is a great victory for public education and religious liberty!  Hopefully, this will be one of the last attempts to expand vouchers in DC - we'll be watching closely for further developments.

Find out how your Senators voted. Read more

This Week: DC Vouchers hit the Senate Floor...Again!

This week, the Senate appears poised to finally take up an amendment sponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) that would extend and expand the failed DC school voucher program.  Read more

Getting ready for the Sotomayor hearings

On Monday, July 13, Judge Sotomayor will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee as they consider her nomination for the position of Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.  As we all know, church-state separation is the kind of issue that morphs, grows, and hinges upon court decisions.  Needless to say, we'll be watching closely. Read more