An Ohio school district voted to remove a painting of Jesus from a high school after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened a federal lawsuit.
The painting, which had depicted Jesus in a field with lambs, had hung in John Glenn High School since 1971 to commemorate a teacher who had passed away in front of her class. The painting, which hung in the school office, was not visible from the front counter, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
East Muskingum school district Superintendent Jill Johnson defended the painting, saying that it had not hung in the school to promote religion but was there to remember "the life of an individual spent educating students." more >>
Some critics of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are "white, suburban moms" who are upset at their children's test scores and opposed to progress, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. Meanwhile, Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, argued that the Common Core rollout was worse than the launch of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."
"It's fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who – all of a sudden – their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were, and that's pretty scary. You've bet your house and where you live and everything on, 'My child's going to be prepared.' That can be a punch in the gut," Duncan said Friday to a group of state school superintendents.
When Politico asked for clarification of those remarks about two hours later, Duncan answered that he "didn't say it perfectly," but then accused Common Core critics of being opposed to high standards for education (a false argument often used by Common Core supporters). more >>
Rumor has it that President Obama's Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, may have cost students at Maryland's Bowie State University their healthcare coverage. However, the University denies any connection between the two.
According to college news site Campus Reform, "the official website for Bowie State, a Maryland public school less than an hour's drive from Washington D.C., explains that Obamacare's new regulations would force the cost of the insurance to rise from $50 to $900 a semester." This price increase, the report argues, led the university to decide not to provide student coverage any longer.
Cassandra Robinson, director of University Relations & Marketing at Bowie State, said Campus Reform got the story all wrong, in an interview with The Christian Post on Friday. While she acknowledged that "the healthcare act makes the policies that we have been able to provide earlier no longer an option," Robinson claimed that the university had been considering more expensive plans before Obamacare came into effect. more >>
An all-girls' Catholic high school in Kentucky is receiving attention for its latest advertising campaign aimed at recruiting young students. The campaign seeks to take a feminist approach to education by distributing advertisements that read: "You're not a princess," and "Prepare for real life."
The all-girls Catholic high school Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky has teamed up with the Lousiville-based advertising agency Doe-Anderson to create a new series of recruitment advertisements that have been plastered on billboards, websites, and bus shelters as of last week. The advertisements seek to encourage young female students to be independent and driven.
"You're not a princess […] prepare for real life," reads one of the advertisements, accompanied by a sketch of a glass slipper reminiscent of the one Cinderella wore to the ball in the classic Disney fairy tale "Cinderella." more >>
According to new data from the Census Bureau, the proportion of young people who move is at a 50-year low. Some blame the economic crisis or government programs for the "prolonged adolescence" experienced by the Millennial generation, while a Christian filmmaker focuses instead on cultural values and fears.
Census data shows that the number of adults between 25 and 29 who moved between March 2012 and March 2013 hit a 50-year low – at 4.9 million, just 23.3 percent, according to One News Now. This was the lowest level since 1963.
"Unfortunately, we've got government policies that are causing us to delay major milestones that other generations enjoyed at our age," Patrice Lee, manager of outreach at Generation Opportunity and visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. more >>
A pair of pro-LGBT organizations have demanded that a Texas school allow a transgender student born female to wear a tuxedo for her yearbook photo.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Campaign have told La Feria Independent School District to allow a high school transgender student to have a photo in the yearbook wearing a tuxedo.
Alesdair Ittelson, staff attorney at the SPLC, wrote the school board on Wednesday arguing that Jeydon Loredo be allowed to have the photo published alongside her peers. more >>