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Maryland’s Mistake: Vouchers Comes To The Free State

Maryland recently became the latest state to adopt a school voucher program that will benefit mostly religious schools. The state will spend $5 million on the program, which is aimed at low-income students in Baltimore.

The Washington Post is ecstatic. The newspaper, which constantly promotes vouchers on its editorial page, recently published an editorial that reads like a string of talking points from the Cato Institute. Read more

Intelligence Test: Justice Scalia And The Limits Of Brilliance

As I sift through the news in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, there’s one word I keep seeing over and over again:  Brilliant.

We’re told that even if you disagreed with Scalia’s extremely conservative views, you must stand in awe of his brilliance, his genius, his searing wit.

Fair enough. I have observed Scalia in action many times at the Supreme Court over the past 28 years. I don’t doubt that he was a pretty smart guy. Read more

Scathing Study: La. Voucher Students Were Better Off In Public Schools

An independent research group that has employed dozens of Nobel Prize winners recently uncovered some devastating data about Louisiana’s voucher program: Students who participate in the scheme actually do worse academically than if they had stayed in public schools. Read more

There He Goes Again: Justice Scalia Continues Attacking Religious Neutrality

The government, at least in theory, is supposed to be neutral on matters of theology, neither favoring religion nor irreligion.

In a 1989 case called Texas Monthly v. Bullock, Justice William Brennan wrote, “In proscribing all laws ‘respecting an establishment of religion,’ the Constitution prohibits, at the very least, legislation that constitutes an endorsement of one or another set of religious beliefs or of religion generally.” Read more

Growth Industry: New Study Illustrates How Creationist Tactics Keep Evolving

A new study says that a single county policy spawned at least 65 bills to promote creationism in American public schools. Nicholas J. Matzke, a phylogeneticist based at the Australian National University, traced the bills back to a 2006 Ouachita Parish, La., curriculum policy that encouraged teachers “to help students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories.” Read more

Some La. Schools Are Teaching Creationism, Activist Asserts In Report

Teachers and school board members have been scheming to push creationism in Louisiana public schools, a recent investigation asserts. 

Science education activist and Americans United ally Zack Kopplin found that some Bayou State educators are doing all they can – including skirting the law – to force fundamentalist dogma into science classes. Kopplin detailed his findings in an article for Slate, in which he said he has evidence of a coordinated effort to bring anti-science, biblical literalist dogma into schools. Read more

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