Education

Ninth Circuit to Determine Whether "Spiritualist" Charter Schools Get Tax Dollars

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco

CASE NOTE: 10-17720 Plans Inc. v. Sacramento City Unified School District SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 17, 2012 – he Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing a case this morning on the issue of whether the Sacramento Unified School District is violating constitutional principles of separation of church and state in awarding Waldorf-method charter public schools tax-based funding. In […]

 
 

Beren Academy boys hoops coach Chris Cole still hopeful TAPPS reschedules state semifinal to accommodate Sabbath | Dallas Morning News

  EXCERPT: HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas agency has turned down a request by an Orthodox Jewish school in Houston to reschedule a championship game potentially involving its boys' basketball team because the game time falls during the Sabbath. The Beren Academy advanced to the semifinals in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools' 2A tournament with a 23-5 […]

 
 

No, Ninth Circuit, the Relevant Law in C.F. v. Capistrano Unified School District Was Indeed "Clearly Established" – Evolution News & Views

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/10/no_ninth_circuit_the_relevant_052081.html

 
 

Apple Bids Adieu to 'Jew or not Jew?' iPhone App in France (CNN)

EXCERPT: "Jew or not Jew?": That is just part of the question. An iPhone app bearing this name has been yanked from Apple's App Store in France amid threats of a lawsuit and demands for its removal. The app, still available elsewhere, pulls together a database of thousands of famous Jews – including movie stars, musicians, Nobel Prize winners and […]

 
 

Article18: Poland — Citizens March in Bialystok to Protest Antisemitism; Death Metal Singer Not-Guilty After Trashing Bible on Stage

Article18: Poland — Citizens March in Bialystok to Protest Antisemitism; Death Metal Singer Not-Guilty After Trashing Bible on Stage

By Martin Surridge – For much of the twentieth century, Poland served as a sort of punching bag for many of Europe's strongest armies. Half a million Polish soldiers died in the First World War, the country was brutalized by the Nazis in the Second World War, and for the last half of the century, Poland was repressed by Soviet-inspired communists in Warsaw. Today, Poland […]

 
 

California AB 889 Could Be End of Private Babysitting Services

California state Senator Doug LaMalfa writes the following here. The bill is significant enough that we are reprinting his post here.  Further analysis of the liberty implications of this billing that could end private babysitting services to follow. Editor ———-   Adventures In Babysitting: Nanny State To Sue For Rest Break? By Senator Doug LaMalfa   How will parents react […]

 
 

Article18: Kosovo — Muslim Headscarf Ban Upheld for Schools, Christians Required to be Buried in Islamic Graveyards

Article18: Kosovo — Muslim Headscarf Ban Upheld for Schools, Christians Required to be Buried in Islamic Graveyards

By Martin Surridge – Only a few years ago, the country of Kosovo, in Southern Europe, didn't even exist. Like South Sudan in recent weeks, Kosovo became independent after the war-torn region declared independence because of a strong separatist movement that sought to break away from Serbia. While the country may be small, one of the smallest in Europe, there […]

 
 

Religious Liberty in French Romantic Poetry: Gérard de Nerval's Verse Lends Space for Other Religions

Religious Liberty in French Romantic Poetry: Gérard de Nerval's Verse Lends Space for Other Religions

By Lauren Peterson — While the number of topics in poetry is unlimited, poetry is commonly thought of as that which explores love and loss. When poetry is brought up, one may be quick to think of Shakespearean love sonnets or Emily Dickinson's poems on death. Yet, poets, including the two just mentioned, had much to say on religious matters. […]

 
 

Count the Cost – The Hidden Dangers of School Vouchers

This year 42 state legislatures are considering creating or expanding school voucher programs. Private parochial educators face serious pitfalls with some of these programs that could eliminate the effectiveness of their religious mission.  In an ancient story of twin brothers, Esau, next in line for the patriarchal blessing, returns famished from a hunting trip. When he arrives home, he finds […]

 
 

Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Texas Graduation Prayer (AP)

EXCERPT: Public prayer will be allowed at a Texas high school graduation after a federal appeals court on Friday reversed a ban won by an agnostic family that claimed ceremony traditions such as invocations were unconstitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency appeal filed by the Medina Valley Independent School District. Its San Antonio-area high school […]