Archive for the ‘Religious School Vouchers’ Category

Religious School Vouchers

New York taxpayers may soon be footing an $18 million annual bill to pay for rabbinical training.

Yes, you read that right.

According to the New York Post, elected officials in the Empire State have struck a backroom deal to expand the Tuition Assistance Program to pick up the tab for 3,660 students at a few dozen rabbinical schools […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

As if there aren’t already enough reasons why public funds should never support religious education – here are just a few more.

Reason No. 793: NBC’s Today Show recently interviewed a Florida teacher who said she was fired by a Christian school after school officials learned she became pregnant before her marriage.

Jarretta Hamilton said she was terminated in […] Read More

Family Research Council, Freedom of Religion, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research, Religious School Vouchers

It’s Friday and time for another quick roundup of stories about church-state separation and the Religious Right you might have overlooked in the media. Let’s get right to it.

  • Virginia’s state seal features an image of the Roman goddess Virtus, who is normally depicted wearing a cap and holding a spear – with one breast exposed. Recently, Attorney General

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Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion, This Day in History

Yesterday, we reported here at “The Wall of Separation” about a dangerous legislative effort afoot in Maryland to directly subsidize religious schools. Monday was the last day the General Assembly would be in session, and one of the bills remaining would have allocated $10 million in direct tax support to religious schools in danger of shutting down. […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

Misguided Florida lawmakers are trying to railroad through a constitutional amendment that would allow tax dollars to subsidize religion.

By a 6-2 vote yesterday, the Senate Committee on Education PreK-12 approved a ballot measure that would delete church-state separation safeguards in the state constitution.

Sen. Thad Altman (R-Melbourne) tried to depict SJR 2550 as a protection for religious […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

Every morning, I pass through Union Station, a majestic restored train station, on my way to work at Americans United.

Union Station contains a stop for the Washington, D.C., subway, the Metro. Lately, I’ve noticed huge posters plastered all over the station walls. They depict pictures of smiling (mostly minority) children demanding to know why Congress won’t give them “scholarships” […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I- Conn.) can definitely count on The Washington Post to lend a hand when it comes to his crusade for school vouchers in the District of Columbia.

Today, the Post added to the seemingly endless stream of editorials it has already published in support of the D.C. voucher program, which uses federal funds to pay for […] Read More

Religious Discrimination, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

The battle to end Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher program is entering a critical phase.

A little background: The plan, pitched as an “experiment,” was initially authorized in 2004 for five years. Heavily promoted by the Bush administration, it passed the House of Representatives by a single vote six years ago on a night when many voucher opponents were away […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

The Washington Post yesterday added to its long list of editorials and columns in support of Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher plan.

The newspaper seems to have an obsession with keeping the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program alive, despite knowing that the program has shown no improvement in student performance, lacks accountability, hurts public schools and subsidizes religious education with taxpayer […] Read More

Religion in Public Schools, Religious School Vouchers

It’s always nice when we can end the week on a high note. News reports indicate that Congress seems to be on board with adding new regulations to the school voucher scheme in the District of Columbia and eventually closing it entirely.

According to The Washington Post, “buried deep within a thousand-page omnibus spending bill released Monday by a […] Read More