Most vouchers in the D.C. voucher program funnel government money to religious schools.

I know this is going to come as a shock to you, but in the Washington D.C. voucher program most of the vouchers are going to religious schools. The U.S. Department of Education released a report last week (pdf) evaluating the current state of the D.C. school voucher program (called “Opportunity Scholarships”). Their findings indicate what many [Read More...]

Student who was forced to stand for the pledge receives apology from school.

Last month a student at a Ventura County, CA high school was intimidated by his teacher into standing for the pledge of allegiance after the student initially refused.  The American Humanist Association went to this students defense and won a victory for first amendment rights everywhere: The American Humanist Association was contacted by the student [Read More...]

Guest post from Licking, OH resident: school system awash in church/state violations.

Something I’ve learned in my time as an activist is that sometimes letting school officials who are violating the separation of church and state know that their behavior is becoming a national issue is a powerful deterrent.  Which brings me to an email I received last night from a resident of Licking County, OH.  It [Read More...]

Lord’s Prayer forced on students in Texas high school marching band

This story was brought to my attention by a friend and neighbor who is the mother of a student who will soon be attending Lewisville High School, part of the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) that my daughter also goes to, and she was worried that her student might feel left out of the high school [Read More...]

Student prayer bill coming to Alabama.

Ah, Alabama, my old nemesis.  We meet again. A pair of Alabama lawmakers plan to sponsor legislation guaranteeing public school students – and their teachers – the right to pray in school. The sponsors, state Rep. Steve McMillan, R-Gulf Shores, and Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, contend the bill would clarify a right Americans already have. [Read More...]

Arizona high school suspends football coach who prayed with students.

So many kudos to Principal Baum: As for the guy who compares the coach praying to Ray Rice beating his fiancee, it’s irrelevant.  Perhaps Rice’s punishment was too light (I believe it was), but your high school coach not only broke the school’s laws, he broke the nation’s laws.  Government officials must remain neutral on [Read More...]

Male students wear skirt to support reprimanded trans student.

Here’s a happy story.  A couple weeks ago at a federal school in Brazil (Colégio Pedro II) a trans student was suspended and fined for wearing a skirt.  In response, in a gesture that reminds me why I love the youngest generation, the male students picked a day to all wear skirts to the school: [Read More...]

School prayer stopped in Swansea, SC thanks to the FFRF.

At a June 2 academic banquet some of the faculty of Sandy Run public schools in Swansea, SC led those in attendance in a Christian prayer.  That’s a no-no for a lot of reasons.  For one, the government can’t endorse sectarian religion.  If a teacher used her position to espouse Islam, Christians would be apoplectic [Read More...]

Pastor: school saying he can’t go pray with football team is trying to turn him into an atheist.

Oh this old argument: if you’re not letting me trot onto a public school ground to evangelize you’re inhibiting my freedom of speech.  Gag me. A Florida chaplain on Thursday accused a secular group of trying to turn him into an atheist because he was no longer allowed to pray with students at high school [Read More...]

Teacher-led religious club at Texas middle school disbanded.

The law is very clear when it comes to school clubs: religious clubs can meet, but the faculty sponsor of the club cannot evangelize within them (just as an atheist teacher couldn’t tell a religious student they were wrong) and most certainly cannot use class time to preach.  A teacher at a Texas middle school [Read More...]