Featured Education News January 2017

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Your Faith in the Public School - By Teach 4 The Heart

When I shared the post “Should Teachers Leave Their Faith at Home?” I got some interesting responses. We all know that the secular world does not want Christians to share their faith, but I was somewhat saddened that so many Christian public school teachers seemed to agree, maintaining that…

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Freedom of Religion—Even in School - By John Stonestreet

It’s easily the best scene in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Linus drops his security blanket, walks on stage, asks for the lights, and says, “For unto you is born this day in the City of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Now, here’s a quiz. Is it legal for a public school teacher to display a poster of Linus with those immortal words?

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Child Evangelism Fellowship Wins Another Victory - By Liberty Counsel

In a victory for Child Evangelism Fellowship, its after-school Good News Club can now continue to distribute promotional flyers to K-5 students in the Cascade School District.

A parent previously complained that sending home the Good News Club flyers with students was…

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VA School Board Rejects LGBT Proposal - By Liberty Counsel

In a 5-4 vote the Loudoun County School Board rejected a proposal to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the protected characteristics listed in its equal employment policy.

Instead, the board voted unanimously to add a paragraph stating the school system hires based on…

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Transgender Case Goes to Supreme Court - By Liberty Counsel

Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia on the so-called transgender bathroom decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. This is the first time that the Court has addressed the question of…

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Betsy DeVos will be a champion for all American students - By Former Gov. John Engler (R-Mich)

Since I am a former governor of the great state of Michigan — and a firm believer in excellence for our nation’s education system — I often get asked about President-elect Trump’s choice as the next leader of the U.S. Department of Education. In each response, I start by calling Betsy DeVos a highly qualified, creative and promising pick to lead the department.

America doesn’t need more…

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Analysis: The U.S. Department of Education — Born in the NEA - By Mike Antonucci

“Betsy DeVos is not qualified, and even more than unqualified, Betsy DeVos is an actual danger to students — especially our most vulnerable students,” said National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. secretary of education.

This warning might have greater weight if we did not already know that NEA rarely approves of…

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School Districts' Hiring Practices Need an Upgrade, Report Says - By Brenda Lasevoli

School districts nationwide need a lesson in how to woo top talent, according to a new report that reveals how the field’s approach to hiring teachers lags way behind the modern practices of other professions.

The report from the Center for American Progress, a liberal-leaning think tank, looked at 200 public school districts nationwide and where they go wrong. The findings are especially relevant now in light of the teacher shortages that many school districts are suffering. Here are the highlights…

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Special education teacher — and Sherlock Holmes fan — on why he encourages students to be inquisitive - By Ann Schimke

How do teachers captivate their students? Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask great educators how they approach their jobs.

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Senate Passes Bill Making Kentucky 'Right-to-Work' State - By Marcus Green

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has postponed the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary.

The Kentucky Senate gave final approval to a bill letting union members in the state choose to pay dues while also getting union benefits.

The ‘right-to-work’ measure, House Bill 1, cleared the Senate on a 25-12 vote. It already had passed the Kentucky House and now moves to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk to be signed into law.

Union members and officials packed the state Capitol, chanting and marching during discussion and…

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