Education

Did the Supreme Court open the door to regulation of religious schools?

Did the Supreme Court open the door to regulation of religious schools?

With the death of state Blaine Amendments this week, religious schools that welcome state money might find that they are now subject to regulation that may undermine their very reason for existence. 

 
 

Could a Supreme Court ruling requiring states to give religious schools voucher money kill voucher programs?

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Harvard Law professor Mark Tushnet argues in an interview published in Harvard Law Today (1/21/2020) that if the Supreme Court requires funding to go to both religious and secular schools, voters might reject voucher programs altogether. 

 
 

Dept. of Education Releases Guidance on Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Schools

Dept. of Education Releases Guidance on Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Schools

Here are the key points of the Dept. of Education's Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Schools.

 
 

Methodist denomination files suit alleging SMU covertly severed relationship with church

The United Methodist Church, via a regional conference, has sued for injunctive relief, alleging that Southern Methodist University (SMU) “covertly” modified its bylaws to eliminate church control over the 12,000-student Texas institution.

 
 

9th Cir: Catholic School Teacher Fired for Requesting Time for Cancer Treatment May Pursue ADA Discrimination Claim

9th Cir: Catholic School Teacher Fired for Requesting Time for Cancer Treatment May Pursue ADA Discrimination Claim

On December 17, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the ministerial exception does not bar a teacher in a Catholic school who was fired because she needed time off work for surgery and chemotherapy from pursuing a claim under the Americans with Disability Act.

 
 

In six states, religious day care centers avoid regulation at peril of children

Indiana is one of six states, including Alabama, Missouri, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia that allow religious day care centers to operate without license or regular inspections.  Religious groups in these states have fended off litigation by arguing that the separation of church and state concept prohibits the government from regulating such institutions.

 
 

School worksheet promoted anti-Muslim discrimination says state dept of ed

School worksheet promoted anti-Muslim discrimination says state dept of ed

The California Department of Education has found that a worksheet distributed by a public middle school teacher promoted a discriminatory bias against Muslims.

 
 

Proposed New York guidelines could permit public school districts to regulate private schools

The state of New York is considering guidelines that could dramatically change the relationship between public and private schools.

 
 

Supreme Court asks lower courts to apply Trinity reasoning to school voucher cases

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Supreme Court sends voucher cases back to the lower courts "for further consideration in light of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc., v. Comer." 

 
 

California Bill Would Punish Religious Colleges That Discriminate Because of Faith

California Bill Would Punish Religious Colleges That Discriminate Because of Faith

If passed, SB 1146 is unconstitutional because the government is imposing a condition on religious institutions with the intent of pressuring them to compromise their religious beliefs.