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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

Onward, Christian Solider: Utah Attorney Cites Theology As Motivation To Battle Marriage Equality In Court

As the state of Utah prepares to defend its beleaguered same-sex marriage ban, the recent appointment of its new lead outside attorney has shed some revealing light on its real motivations for the fight. Read more

‘Help’ Not Wanted: Most Of Ohio’s School Vouchers Go Unused

Are Ohio residents too dumb to fully take advantage of the state’s voucher program? Some “school-choice” advocates seem to imply as much.

The Mansfield News Journal reported that the vast majority of Ohio’s EdChoice “scholarships” – they’re really vouchers – which are available to students in so-called “failing” schools, were not claimed for the current school year. Read more

States Of Prayer: Legislators In Three States Push Bills To Promote Religion In Public Schools

The Supreme Court made it clear decades ago that our public schools aren’t meant to be places for spreading religion. But for legislators in three states, court rulings are no deterrent to their dogmatic agendas.

Lawmakers in South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee are debating bills that are designed, supporters say, to “put prayer back in schools.” The tactics vary, but in each case the desired outcome is the same: a potentially unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state. And the legislators behind the bills aren’t shy about their motivations.
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Charter For Creationism?: Activist Finds Questionable Science In Tax-Funded School Chain

A company called Responsive Education Solutions runs charter schools in several states, most of them in Texas. These schools receive millions in taxpayer support every year. Read more

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