Meet Your Texas Board of Education Candidate

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The Texas State Board of Education is kind of a halfway house for the stupid and ignorant (no, those are not the same thing), so it's hardly a surprise that one of the candidates running for the board this year displays both of those things in spades. My friends at the Texas Freedom Network have a few of Mary Lou Bruner's statements: … [Read more...]


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TN Bigots Lose Their Minds Over GSA Club

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Some students at Franklin County High School in Winchester, Tennessee decided to form a Gay-Straight Alliance. Naturally, the local slack-jawed bigots are beside themselves about it. They've formed a Facebook group and are furiously trying to stop the club from existing, all while striking the "hey, I'm just raising questions, I'm not against anything" pose. … [Read more...]


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Rafael Cruz Lies About John Dewey

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To say that Rafael Cruz is dishonest or completely ignorant of American history is like saying that I'm not terribly athletic -- it's a vast understatement. The father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz did an interview this week in which he claimed that public education is a communist plot because it was influenced by John Dewey, about whom he lied and said he was a communist: … [Read more...]


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YEC, Chemtrail Believer to Head AZ Education Committee

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The Arizona Senate is apparently hell bent on matching the Texas state legislature for sheer muddleheadedness. The Republican president of that body has decided it would be a good idea to name a woman who thinks the earth is 7000 years old and that the federal government is using chemtrails to control the weather and the American people to lead the Senate Education Committee. … [Read more...]


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School Official Gets Suspension for Racist, Sexist Comments

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Here's yet another story of a public school official behaving in an absolutely appalling manner and receiving very little discipline. A middle school dean in Jacksonville, Florida was found to have made a series of racist, sexist and utterly inappropriate comments to both students and teachers and he was given a two-week suspension. This after already being disciplined previously for inappropriate behavior. … [Read more...]


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GA Teacher Asks Muslim Student if She Has a Bomb in Backpack

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Here's another one of those stories that just leaves me shaking my head. A teacher in Gwinnett County, Georgia asked an 8th grade Muslim student if she was carrying a bomb in her backpack. What makes this far worse is that the school administration has confirmed that the story is true but is refusing to do anything to punish the teacher because it was not said with "ill intent." … [Read more...]


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Football Coach Says His Real Job is to Bring Kids to Christ

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Hemant already reported on the football coach from Mosley High School in Florida, Jeremy Brown, who told a local TV station that he doesn't really care if the team wins or not, his real job is to lead his players to Jesus. To that end, he prays with the team before and after every practice and game and proselytizes them at every opportunity. It's kind of an amazing admission: … [Read more...]


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Texas SBOE: Experts? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Experts.

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From the Department of Totally Unsurprising News: The Texas State Board of Education voted down a proposal by one of its members that would have established panels of experts from universities in the state to review the accuracy of textbooks in their specialty areas before the board votes on whether to adopt them. Because why in the world would you want knowledgeable people rather than right-wing cranks deciding what's in the textbooks? … [Read more...]


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NC School Bans All Clubs to Prevent GSA from Forming

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The board of a charter school in North Carolina has tentatively decided to eliminate all student clubs so they can prevent an LGBT club from forming, with the bigoted local yokels spewing all sorts of stupid statement. Some even want the teacher who was to be the club's adviser to be punished. For what, exactly? Who the hell knows. These people are just plain unhinged in their anti-gay zeal. … [Read more...]


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An Appalling Attack on Academic Freedom in Missouri

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No, I'm not talking about the situation with racism on the University of Missouri campus, though that situation is plenty appalling. I'm talking about a Republican state senator in that state who is interfering and trying to stop a grad student from doing her grad thesis on the effect of the 72-hour waiting period for abortions on women. This is just staggeringly over the line: … [Read more...]


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Rampant Proselytizing at Louisiana Public School

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You may recall that the ACLU sent a letter to Airline High School in Bossier Parish, Louisiana about a pattern of Christian proselytizing by teachers, coaches and administrators. That has brought out the usual cries of Christian persecution and strained denials that anyone has done anything illegal. But Zach Kopplin actually went to the school and interviewed current and former students and found out exactly what is going on: … [Read more...]


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School Official Upset That Students are Informed of Their Rights

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In Florida, state law requires schools to lead students in reciting the pledge of allegiance every day but also requires them to inform students that they have a right not to do so. The superintendent of the Santa Rosa County school district doesn't like that posting requirement and is publicly making it clear that if he had his way, he would keep students ignorant of their First Amendment rights. … [Read more...]


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