New York City officials are coming under heavy criticism for their decision to keep New York City public schools open on Thursday despite freezing snow blizzards hitting the region dumping more than a foot of snow in many areas. While thousands of parents and toddlers as young as 5-years-old worked their way through the blizzards, New York Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency.
Teeange students, as well as parents and young children, were forced to fight their way through a fierce snow storm that consisted of wind gusts up to 35 m.p.h. as well as inches of a wintry snow.
The controversial decision to keep schools open was announced by New York City Chancellor Carmen Farina on Wednesday night before any snowfall had even occurred and also despite a travel advisory in effect throughout NYC. more >>
The debate over God's existence heats up next week as leading physicist and atheist Sean Carroll is pitted against William Lane Craig, a top theologian and philosopher, to discuss their views about philosophy, cosmology, and the role of God and the cosmos.
The two experts will debate on Feb. 21 under the theme "God and Cosmology: The Existence of God in Light of Modern Cosmology." Organizers announced Wednesday that the event will be held at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as part of a Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture Weekend Conference. Modern cosmology is dominated by the Big Bang theory, which attempts to bring together observational astronomy and particle physics.
"Though Carroll is as fiercely anti-theistic as other cosmologists I have debated, he differs in being philosophically informed and civil in demeanor," Craig wrote in a statement about the event. more >>
A bill proposed in the Alabama House of Representatives would require a congressional prayer to be read in public school classrooms at the beginning of each school day.
Under House Bill 318 as much as 15 minutes would be set aside at the beginning of the first class of each day for the teacher to "instruct the class in the formal procedures followed by the United States Congress."
"The study shall include, but not be limited to, a reading verbatim of one of the opening prayers given by the House or Senate Chaplain or a guest member of the clergy at the beginning of a meeting of the House of Representatives or the Senate," the bill states. more >>
Beth Nimmo, the mother of the first victim killed in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, spoke about her daughter's legacy and the taunting she endured for her faith at a Florida prayer breakfast event on Tuesday.
Nimmo's heartfelt speech focused on the issues of cliques and bullying in American youth culture and how hope can exist in the midst of tragedy.
"Our children are paying the highest price possible for decisions that we've made as a country, as a culture," Nimmo said at the annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast, according to Marco Island news outlet. "They have been taken capture by the ways of the world, by the culture, by the lifestyles that have just submarined them, as far as how they believe life is supposed to be lived." more >>
A school district in Kansas has refused to remove a cross from a public school building after a Washington, D.C.-based church-and-state watchdog group asked them to do so.
Spearville Schools USD 381 has decided to not take action regarding a complaint sent to them last year by Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS).
Daryl Stegman, superintendent of Spearville Schools, told The Christian Post that the leadership for the small western Kansas town's school district will not take action. more >>
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) presented his new bill on higher education reform, attacking the current accreditation and federal loan system as a "higher education cartel."
"Restrictive policies artificially narrow America's path into the middle class and into economic opportunity," Lee declared at The Heritage Foundation on Monday. "In effect, the federal government today operates a kind of higher education cartel — federally approved accreditors act as a gatekeeper to keep unwanted providers out of the market."
Lee argued that the current rules do not protect students from "bad actors" so much as they protect "incumbent colleges from innovative competitors." He explained that, in America's information economy, college education is more important than ever before but also blocked by many barriers. more >>