Gov. Bobby Jindal made Louisiana the fourth state to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Jindal announced Wednesday a series of executive orders that will pull his state out of the education standards.
Jindal sent a letter to the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness, an organization that provides testing for states that have adopted the Common Core standards, asking the organization to withdraw from Louisiana.
"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said. "We're very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators. Common Core has not been fully implemented yet in Louisiana, and we need to start the process over. It was rushed in the beginning and done without public input." more >>
An atheist teacher claims he was recently fired from his position at Middlebury Community Schools in Indiana due to his lack of religious beliefs, but school officials are arguing the 29-year-old educator was fired for his poor performance.
Teacher Kevin Pack recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that he was fired from his position as a German teacher at Northridge High School because he is an atheist and the school's principal, Gerald Rasler, is an evangelical Christian.
Pack told The Goshen News that expressing his atheism during the school year led to the recent termination of his work contract. The 29-year-old teacher has disputed the district's claims that he was fired due to poor work performance that included missing parent-teacher conferences, arriving at work late and leaving students unattended in the classroom. more >>
Thousands of Starbucks workers will now be able to get their college degrees for free thanks to a partnership between the coffee giant and Arizona State University (ASU) called the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.
A release from ASU Sunday, explained that the program is a "first-of-its-kind" open to both full-time and part-time employees.
"This significant investment will create an opportunity for eligible partners to finish a bachelor's degree with full tuition reimbursement for juniors and seniors, through a unique collaboration with ASU's research-driven, top-ranked degree program, delivered online," noted the release. more >>
A Christian columnist's question to the Twittersphere, "How old were you when you were pursued sexually by an adult authority?" prompted by a former youth pastor now felon's first-person account of sexual abuse with a youth under his care, published by Christianity Today's Leadership Journal, has created a viral online discussion.
As author and religion writer Jeff Chu posted in the introduction of his Storify post on the issue, the Leadership Journal piece written by the anonymous youth minister "focused on the perpetrator's losses, short on empathy for the victim, and widely considered tone-deaf."
Chu continued, "As the hashtag #takedownthatpost emerged to pressure the publication to reconsider the essay (which has since been taken offline), Liberty University professor Karen Swallow Prior invited other voices to the conversation — those of men and women who had been abused. She had a simple but difficult question." more >>
Brooks Hamby never wanted to be a rabble-rouser. He just wanted to thank Jesus in his high school graduation speech.
But the Brawley Union School District in Brawley, Calif., said the references to Jesus and prayer in Brooks' graduation speech were "inappropriate" and violated "prevailing legal standards."
School officials rejected three versions of the young man's graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker – as if it were some sort of top-secret government document. more >>
The president of Seattle Pacific University announced at this past weekend's graduation ceremony that an engineering scholarship would be named after Jon Meis, the 22-year-old student whose heroic actions helped end the fatal June 5 shooting at the Christian college campus.
Seattle Pacific University President Daniel Martin announced at Saturday's graduation ceremony that the new scholarship would be named after Meis due to the 22-year-old graduate's "quick thinking" and selfless behavior during the June 5 attack.
"In recognition and honor of Jon's quick thinking, selfless act and brave response, we are establishing the John Meis scholarship," Martin announced to the 2014 graduating class on Saturday. Meis, who was also graduating at Saturday's event, received two standing ovations from fellow classmates and faculty. The scholarship will go toward future engineering students at the university. more >>