Subscribe to RSS - public schools

On Election Eve, Where We Stand

Americans will go to the polls tomorrow and elect a new president. It’s an awesome responsibility, one of the defining characteristics of a free people.

Americans United is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Under federal law, we can’t endorse or oppose candidates (although we can take sides on ballot referenda). Unlike some Religious Right groups, we respect this law and follow it.

It’s not our job to tell you how to vote. It is our job to remind you why civic participation is important. And it’s our job to tell you – and all Americans – what we stand for.

Want To Reduce Crime? Become More Religious, Conn. Police Chief Says

A Connecticut police chief thinks that crime is on the rise in his city due to people not being religious – actually Christian – enough.

“We need God in our lives,” Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said on Saturday to a crowd of people attending a police solidarity march, according to a Connecticut Post report.

U.S. Department Of Education Takes Aim At Religious Discrimination

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Department of Education will begin collecting data this year to track religiously motivated discrimination or bullying allegations from students.

“Students of all religions should feel safe, welcome and valued in our nation’s schools,” Catherine E. Lhamon, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said in an announcement.

The Final Repudiation Of Phyllis Schlafly

Last night around 9:40 I received an email with a curious subject line. “The Greatest American Woman, R.I.P.,” it read.

“Who could that be?” I wondered as I opened the message. Came the answer: Phyllis Schlafly.

“Today, Phyllis Schlafly died like she lived – with dignity and a smile,” wrote Ed Martin, president of the Eagle Forum, a group Schlafly founded. “Surrounded by her family, Phyllis passed away and entered her reward with the Lord. Her family, friends and staff will miss her. Her nation will be eternally grateful.”

Education For Everyone: In Defense Of ‘Government Schools’

Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a story about a trend among far-right conservatives in Kansas who call public schools “government schools.”

The idea is that a shift in terminology will change opinions. After all, to many people, “public” equals good, while “government” equals bad.

As Erica Massman, a moderate Republican, told The Times, “They are trying to rebrand public education.”

Pride Goeth: The Arrogance Of The Public School Proselytizers

If you have children, there’s a good chance you’ve worked hard to instill in them the values you hold, whether those values are religious or secular.

If you’re a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, a Pagan, a humanist, etc. you probably raised your children in that faith or philosophy. If it was important to you, you likely wanted it to be important to them.

Court Should Allow Challenge To Ten Commandments Display At Pa. Public School

District Court Erred By Rejecting Lawsuit, Church-State Watchdog Says

A Pennsylvania woman and her minor child should be permitted to sue the New Kensington-Arnold School District over a Ten Commandments display at a local high school, Americans United for Separation of Church and State said in a friend-of-the-court brief in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
 
Marie Schaub filed the suit in 2012 with the assistance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. But U.S. District Court Judge Terrence F.

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge To Vaccination Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a lawsuit raising a religious challenge to New York’s vaccination requirements for public school students.

State law requires parents to vaccinate children before they can enroll them in public school. Religious exemptions are permitted, but schools can send unvaccinated children home during outbreaks of infectious disease. A group of parents challenged the law, asserting that it violated their religious-freedom rights.

Pages