Education

Why Communities Must Support Public Education

Why Communities Must Support Public Education

By Danielle Peabody – "If society expects to reap the benefits of educational improvements, society needs to be willing to step in and contribute its time, talent, and support to making education work. It is not something that schools alone can be expected to achieve – parents, neighbors, taxpayers, and future employers have the opportunity to take an active involvement at the local level through their volunteer efforts and supportive work. This is not so much an issue of money as it is a dedication to make sure that society will benefit from education and that education will benefit from society."

 
 

California Court Reverses Itself and Says Homeschooling Parents Do Not Need Credentials

This overturned the decision the judges made in February requiring homeschooling parents to possess credentials. In their decision, they stated, "It is important to recognize that it is not for us to consider, as a matter of policy, whether homeschooling should be permitted in California . That job is for the Legislature. It is not the duty of the courts to make the law; we endeavor to interpret it."

 
 

Take Money, Lose Faith – Seven Catholic Schools turned into public schools in Washington DC (Maryland Daily Record)

Charles C. Haynes points out the trap that religious schools can fall into if they decide to take government money.  For those of you who study the tight bonds between money and religious freedom, this story is a must-read. – Editor EXCERPT: CHARLES C. HAYNES Special to The Daily Record June 27, 2008 On June 16, seven Roman Catholic schools […]

 
 

Wall of silence broken at Minnesota's Muslim public school

A Minnesota columnist reports on her visit to a "Muslim public school" in Minneapolis. It will be interesting to see whether the school survives constitutional scrutiny. Recently, I wrote about Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights. Charter schools are public schools and by law must not endorse or promote religion. Evidence suggests, however, […]

 
 

McCain shies away from religion talk – Politico.com

McCain shies away from religion talk – Politico.com

Presidential candidate John McCain remains private about his religion. By Jonathan Martin – Politico.com Traversing the country this week on a tour of places that have shaped his life and informed his values, John McCain spoke in strikingly personal language to introduce himself to the American public. But missing so far is any significant mention of religious faith. In an […]

 
 

Student Clubs and Rights

By Michael D. Peabody, Esq. Published in Liberty Magazine – May / June 2002 The school's policy seemed clear enough-student clubs receiving funds through Utah Valley State College's student activity fee program had to be open to all students. No exceptions. For the Eagle Forum Collegians, a conservative student club formally opposed to "radical feminism" and the "homosexual agenda," this […]

 
 

The Lure of School Vouchers

Published in Liberty Magazine – July / August 2000 By Michael D. Peabody There's nothing like the excitement surrounding the first day of school-it's an American tradition. Across the nation, millions of students enter a new season of classes, books, and exams after a long summer's rest. But late last August this tradition hit a speed bump for 4,000 private […]