Youngsters attending the LaBrew Troopers Military University School in Milwaukee had a tough time of things.
An Islamic school in Virginia has made some changes to its textbooks in an effort to tamp down criticism, the Associated Press has reported.
The Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria has been under fire for years because some of the books used at the private school promote extremely strict interpretations of Islam and are highly critical of other faiths.
For some reason, when it comes to private school vouchers, state legislators can't seem to give it a rest.
Georgia's Senate Education and Youth Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider SB 90, which would make tuition vouchers available to virtually any student in the state.
The bill, introduced by State Senator Eric Johnson, would provide parents of each Georgia child about $5,000 in taxpayer money to be used to defray the cost of enrollment at religious and other private schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court isn't as diligent as it used to be on protecting taxpayers from being compelled to support religious schools and other ministries. In 2002, the high court upheld Ohio's school voucher plan, even though most of the money goes to sectarian schools.
That's why state constitutions are so important. They have become the new front-line defense in the battle to prevent people from being forced to support sectarian education.
Florida's upcoming vote on private school vouchers and other forms of aid to religion is starting to attract national attention – and early signs are that this is going to be a hard-fought battle.
The Washington Post ran a story on the fight today. Although several Florida newspapers have covered the issue in depth, this is the first piece I'm aware of that puts it in national context.
It has been a rough couple of months for advocates of private and religious school vouchers.
First, voters in Utah – the reddest red state in the nation – went to the polls and trounced a voucher scheme that misguided legislators had tried to foist on them.