The United Methodist Church will no longer be involved in the formal approval of any of the board of trustee members for Duke University.
Duke had in its bylaws a provision granting that two annual conferences of the UMC had the formal authority to approve two-thirds of the 36 trustees, one-third per conference.
However, earlier in the year the UMC's North Carolina Conference and Western North Carolina Conference met with university officials and amended the bylaws to remove this formality. more >>
A school district in Mount Vernon, Washington, was advised by legal representation Wednesday to allow the Satanic Temple of Seattle to start an after-school program at one of their elementary schools because it would be costly and futile if officials chose otherwise.
Duncan Fobes, a lawyer with the Seattle-based law firm Patterson, Buchanan, Fobes and Leitch, advised the Mount Vernon School Board during a Wednesday meeting that any effort to block the proposed "After School Satan Club" by the Satanic Temple of Seattle for Centennial Elementary School "would ultimately be unsuccessful," according to the Skagit Valley Herald.
"I think that if the school district denied that application, you would face costly litigation that would be distracting from your mission," said Fobes who was hired by the district's risk-pool insurance group to assess if the district had legal standing to deny the temple's application. more >>
Christian colleges are under attack these days, but New York Times columnist David Brooks says he's not worried.
It's September, and high school seniors are filling out their college applications. And if you're the parent of a senior, like I am, you're probably biting your nails. Because every day there's a new and maddening report of progressive insanity at our nation's universities: so-called "safe spaces" where students can hide from ideas that offend them, Ivy League schools providing feminine products in men's rooms, wacko professors getting tenure while those who speak in favor of traditional morality get hounded off campus.
To make matters worse, Christian universities and colleges appear to be in the cross-hairs of the culture wars, too. more >>
An elementary school cafeteria worker in Pennsylvania says she resigned from her position after a new school district policy forced her to take hot lunches away from two hungry students even though the school throws away pounds of food daily.
Stacy Koltiska, who worked for the Canon McMillan School District in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, worked for two years at Wylandville Elementary. However, last Thursday she announced that she was resigning because of her disagreement with a new school district policy that required her to take away lunches from two students.
Koltiska wrote in a Facebook post that under the new policy, which was enacted over the summer and immediately went into effect this school year, students who fall more than $25 in debt on their school lunch account will not be given a hot lunch. more >>
U.S. Secretary of Education John King is receiving criticism for his recent statements claiming that children who are homeschooled have fewer options than those enrolled in schools.
At a recent breakfast event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Secretary King told reporters that he had mixed feelings about homeschooling children.
According to Politico, King noted that while he knew many homeschooling families do it "incredibly well" and homeschooled students have had "very tremendous academic success," he believed homeschooled children are not "getting the range of options that are good for all kids." more >>
A transgender 17-year-old in Canada has become the first biological female student to join the high school's varsity football team.
In a recent interview with CTV News, Kennedy Cooley, a senior at Halifax West High School in Nova Scotia, Canada, explains that he left his former high school because he felt many of his classmates weren't supportive of his lifestyle or the LGBT agenda.
Considering the contentions students had at the former high school, Cooley said that he was initially unsure of whether or not he wanted to tryout for the Halifax West football team this summer. more >>