A South Carolina school board is considering a return to a prayer policy similar to Town of Greece, New York after the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of sectarian prayers at public meetings.
Pickens County School Board's policy committee met last week to discuss a change back from the non-sectarian prayer policy to one mirroring Greece's.
A magistrate judge has ruled that a New York public school's removal of Christian items from a science teacher's classroom was legal. The teacher, Joelle Silver, had multiple Bible verses on display, as well as a painting that included three crosses on a hill, and a prayer request box on her desk that was placed there by the school's Bible Study Club, which she served as a faculty monitor.
The decision given Tuesday by a judge with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York dismissed part of the motion given by the Christian teacher.
Judge Leslie G. Foschio argued that Silver's lawsuit against Cheektowaga Central School District, its Superintendent Dennis Kane and its Board of Education President Brian J. Gould could not proceed on the basis of her rights being violated when they removed the Christian items. more >>
A Virginia Christian college that is considering reversing its policy that bans tenure-line faculty members from being in same-sex relationships has delayed its decision.
Eastern Mennonite University announced in January that it would open up a formal six-month long "listening period" to consider reversing its ban on faculty same-sex relationships and had previously stated that it would announce its policy in June.
A statement released from EMU suggested that the school's deferral came after it realized that the larger Mennonite church was "currently engaged in extensive discernment over human sexuality." more >>
Only a half year away from the first day marijuana became legal to grow, possess, consume and sell in Colorado, groups such as Focus on the Family say the new law has facilitated grave consequences, including deaths, child endangerment, and interstate trafficking.
"In just a few months since legalization, we've seen several deaths directly linked to legal marijuana use, children bringing pot-infused snacks to school and law enforcement in neighboring states reporting an increase in the seizure of marijuana traced back to Colorado," Focus on the Family's senior director of public policy, Carrie Gordon Earll, told The Christian Post this week.
Often touted by advocates as harmless, it appears there's a growing amount of evidence against marijuana usage and legalization that proves otherwise. As national policy and politics reporter Eric Schulzke wrote in his article, Dumb and dumber? Teen marijuana use linked to lower IQ in later life, researchers are discovering an increased urgency to do research on the drug's effects, including on the developing brains of teens, as more states are quickly considering marijuana legalization. more >>
Howard Schultz, the Starbucks chairman and CEO who announced last week that the global coffee giant is offering free tuition to all of its employees who work 20 hours a week or more, said he understands the plight of the poor because he's witnessed the dismantling of the American dream in his own family.
"When I grew up as a poor kid in Brooklyn I saw the fracturing of the American dream. My parents did not have health insurance — I saw that firsthand," Schultz told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
"I'm scarred with what it meant to grow up on the other side of the tracks. I feel the vulnerability and the shame of what that meant as a poor kid. And I see these kids and families and my heart goes out to them," he continued. more >>
With high school graduation season out of the way, countless families are facing the hefty price tag of sending their children to college. Over the past five years, tuition rates for private four-year colleges have risen 14 percent, while rates for public colleges have risen 27 percent. If you look back thirty years, tuition has risen a shocking 1200 percent. There is plenty of speculation about the reasons for these rising costs, which have outpaced inflation for decades. But far more important to millions of parents is how to minimize and manage them.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more parents are going into larger amounts of debt in order to finance their children's education. Since 1999, the number of parents taking out loans for their children's college has grown 60 percent, while the amount of debt they are incurring (adjusted for inflation) has increased 40 percent. For students who take out their own loans, about 10 percent will default the first year after graduation, according to the Department of Education. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the class of 2012 owes and average of more than $29,000.
Entering adulthood with this kind of financial burden has caused many young adults to delay important stabilizing milestones like marriage and home ownership. To address this growing crisis, President Obama has asked Congress to pass a bill intended to bring relief to borrowers. Unfortunately, members of the Senate's education committee report that the bill would raise income taxes more than $72 billion dollars while providing an average savings of less than $40 a month. more >>