Tennessee legislators have proposed a measure that would make the Bible the state’s official book and another that would widen use of private school vouchers. Americans United opposed both measures in letters submitted to the legislature, arguing that they would erode the wall of separation between church and state. Read more
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has faced pushback of late from his own party when it comes to his private school voucher expansion, but now it seems he’s cleared some major hurdles and will move forward.
We’ve known for some time that Walker had grand plans to fund religious and other private schools statewide, which I’m sure had nothing to do with the fact that voucher advocacy groups have donated $2.35 million to support Walker since 2006. Read more
It seems that Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) has given up on his state’s public school system.
“No student should be locked into a poor performing school because that happens to be where they live,” Patrick said, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “I’m a big supporter of public education, and we have a lot of schools that are doing a great job, but we must also recognize the truth that we have a lot of schools that are not performing at the level that they need to be.” Read more