The Louisiana Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday the state's new school choice law championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The state constitution forbids the use of public money for private schools, the court ruled.
The court did not reject voucher programs altogether, or rule on the of the merits of school voucher programs, but argued that diverting education funds from public schools to private schools was not allowed under the state's constitution.
"The state funds approved through the [school voucher] process cannot be diverted to nonpublic schools or other nonpublic course providers according to the clear, specific and unambiguous language of the constitution," Justice John Weimer wrote in the 6-1 majority opinion. more >>
In yet another bad decision, an education administrator asked me to give a high school commencement speech. The principal must know I write a column but he obviously hasn't read it very often.
When I questioned his wisdom, the principal said, "Just give the kids some sound graduation advice." I asked, "Should I tell them I hear the Monsanto plant is hiring?" "No," said the edu-crat, "encourage them. Tell them they can do anything they want." "So I should lie? Have you seen most of these kids? They can't do anything." "No, we don't see it that way. Give them hope," he said.
That's the problem. Kids are getting pie-in-the-sky advice and, judging by obesity rates, they are also eating the pie. more >>
The scientific belief that everything in the universe came from nothing before there was a "Big Bang," or a moment of creation, is something that all Christians and scientists can agree on, says a leading Christian apologist. Also, J. Warner Wallace argues that the primary premise of Big Bang Cosmology, that everything came from nothing, is consistent with Scripture.
"There are good scientific reasons to believe, good evidential reasons to believe that all space, time, and matter have a beginning. This idea that everything (space, time, and matter) came from nothing is the foundational premise of Big Bang Cosmology," Wallace told The Christian Post. "It turns out that the primary proposal is absolutely consistent with what we see in Scripture – that God has created everything from nothing and that moment of Creation is something that I see as having good evidence to support such a thing from Big Bang Cosmology."
Wallace, who recently released his book, Cold-Case Christianity, said that there are some churches that have a certain view of the earth or the Creation model and for whatever reason are hesitant to embrace even the notion of Big Bang Cosmology. more >>
A South Carolina high school will be paying an $85,000 settlement to a former teacher who was removed from the classroom after stomping on a U.S. flag as part of a lesson on freedom.
"Prior to his resignation, attorneys for Mr. Compton informed district attorneys that he had prepared a complaint for filing in federal court," said Lexington-Richland District 5 spokesman Mark Bounds, according to The State.
Chapin High School teacher Scott Compton is also going to be receiving his salary through to June 7, and the school district will have to pay nearly $32,000 for attorney fees, The Associated Press reported. more >>
A new study conducted in the Netherlands has concluded that pornography consumption has only a small influence on risky, adventurous sexual behavior, but some U.S. experts disagree.
The study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine two weeks ago and highlighted in a recent report, looked at 4,600 young men and women between ages 15 and 25 living in the Netherlands. The volunteers discussed the amount and type of pornography they used as well as risky adventurous sexual experiences, like paying for sex and homosexual acts.
Only 0.3 to 4 percent of the sexual behavior of participants in the study was linked to their pornography use. more >>
A cold-case homicide detective, once a devout atheist, is one of several Christian apologists scheduled to speak and participate in panel discussions at Stand To Reason's 20th Anniversary Conference at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., this coming weekend.
J. Warner Wallace told The Christian Post that he plans to talk about how he has used his investigative experience to prove that parts of the New Testament that have been questioned by atheists with Bible knowledge can be authenticated as truth.
Wallace said that he once had the same objections that atheists such as Bart D. Ehrman have, "this idea that there are so many changes in the New Testament, so many variations that are covered in various documents." more >>