After President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address called for a new federal entitlement for taxpayer-funded free preschool or pre-K for all 4-year-olds, we thought his idea would be quickly discredited, not only by its enormous cost, but even more importantly by the overwhelming weight of research proving the lack of any long-term benefit from such programs.
Now we are dismayed to learn from Politico that a dozen Republican-governed states are expanding state-based pre-K programs or are planning to do so next year. And in Washington, some Republicans are offering bipartisan support to a pre-K bill drafted by two of the Congress' biggest liberals, Rep. George Miller (D-California) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), both of whom are retiring at the end of this year.
Why are these Republicans willing to accept Obama's claim that pre-K "works" by producing big benefits in a child's later life? In fact, the science tells us that pre-K provides, at best, a small temporary benefit that cannot be measured beyond the third grade. more >>
An atheist organization has sent letters to a group of public charter schools that are associated with the Texas Christian Athletics League, arguing that their involvement violates the separation of church and state.
The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent the letters out to various schools, mostly located in the Houston area.
FFRF argued that by affiliating with a Christian organization, the public schools are supporting a sectarian effort with taxpayer dollars. more >>
A homeschooling advocacy group announced that it is suing social services caseworkers in Shenandoah County Virginia's Department of Social Services on behalf of homeschool parents that it says are falsely accused of child abuse and had their two children removed from parental custody and placed into foster care for over a month.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) will represent Lane and Susan Funkhouser of Clarke County Virginia after Social Services removed their children from their home due to claims that the parents suffer from a rare mental illness.
"HSLDA is hearing about more and more cases where children are being taken away from their families because doctors disagree about their medical treatment. And we can't take all these cases on," the HSLDA said in a statement. "But we are taking on the Funkhouser case." more >>
Evangelist Jay Lowder struggled with suicidal tendencies while in his twenties that led him to put a gun to his head, finger hooked into the trigger. He would not be alive today had his roommate not unexpectedly walked through the door. Today, the leader of a Christian outreach ministry offers hope to those dealing with suicidal thoughts.
"One of the most effective preventatives for those struggling with thoughts of self-violence is the ability to connect with others who have escaped," Lowder told The Christian Post in a recent interview. "For many, hearing how my faith and relationship with Christ has healed my past struggles has provided them with courage and hope for their own personal change. Hurting people have to have the ear of those who can identify with their pain."
Lowder has been a full-time evangelist for more than 20 years. Founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries, he has participated in hundreds of community-wide events, rallies and conferences around the world. He has appeared on various national radio and TV shows in the past, and is also author of Midnight in Aisle 7. more >>
A student at Dyer County High School in Tennessee claims that she was suspended after saying, "bless you" to a student who sneezed.
On Monday, 17-year-old Kendra Turner said "bless you" to another student who sneezed during class. The phrase is reportedly banned from the teacher's classroom, as each teacher is allowed to set rules and limits for his/her classroom. One student took a photo of the alleged board in the room, which states the rules for the room, which does list the phrase "bless you" along with others such as "my bad," "stuff," and "I don't know."
"A girl sitting right next [to] me sneezed in class," Kendra told blogger Trisha Haas. "I said, 'Bless You!' My teacher, (Name redacted by Editor) asked, 'Who said that?' I said, 'me.' She said, 'Why did you say that?' I said, 'Because it is courtesy.' She said, 'Says who?' I said 'Says my pastor.' She said 'Well we don't say that in class.'" more >>
A recent report indicated that the US public schools will have "more minority students than non-Hispanic whites."
A case study conducted in Jane Cornell's summer school classroom suggested that more grade-schoolers who are attending the institution come from Spanish-talking households. Signs outside the classroom read "welcome" and "bienvenidos," suggesting that they are recognizing the need to cater the language differences.
Although non-hispanic white students still make up the racial majority group in the U.S. public schools by 49.8 percent, when one has to add the entirety of the minority populace, they will ultimately dominate the pie chart. more >>