Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb pledged to sign a bill the state’s General Assembly passed that might coerce students into school prayer in Indiana public schools.
HB 1024 claims to stop public schools from restricting a student’s “voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint,” but Americans United states that it’s about promoting school prayer.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was expected to finally reveal details of President Donald J. Trump’s long-promised federal school voucher plan last night. Instead, we heard a lot of platitudes, but little in the way of a policy proposal.
The Department of Education just released a new study of the Washington, D.C., school voucher program. And the findings confirm what we’ve known for years: The program doesn’t improve students’ academic achievement. In fact, it has resulted in statistically significant negative impacts on student test scores.
Americans United is speaking out against a bill in Oklahoma that would bring formal prayer back into public schools.
The bill, SB 450, is euphemistically called the “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act.” The measure would prohibit school districts from restricting what it calls a student’s “voluntary religious expression in the classroom.”
The New York Times recently ran a story about researchers being surprised by the “dismal” results school voucher programs have so far produced.
As The Times notes, “[A] wave of new research has emerged suggesting that private school vouchers may harm students who receive them. The results are startling – the worst in the history of the field, researchers say.”
Yesterday, reports emerged that President Donald Trump was reviewing the draft of another alarming executive order, one that would roll back existing protections barring discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Editor’s Note: Several Americans United staff members attended the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. AU was an official partner of the D.C. event, and AU chapters also took part in the sister marches that took place all over the country. Today we’re pleased to present some reflections on this important event.
An Indiana court has rejected a woman’s claim that she has a “religious freedom” right to abuse her son.
Kin Park Thaing, 30, was sentenced in October to one year of probation for hitting her 7-year-old son repeatedly with a coat hanger. Thaing was prosecuted thanks to a teacher who spotted dozens of bruises on the child’s body.
A prosecutor in Marion County said Thaing’s case tested the bounds of Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which became law in 2015 and states that government cannot place any undue burden on religious practice without good reason.