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Analysis

Everything You Need To Know To Enjoy Clay Aiken’s Quest For Congress

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:35 AM May 9, 2014
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We are about to be treated to a most interesting congressional race. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the heck out of it from afar.

Education

‘Do Not Tell On Bullies’ And Other Bad Advice Given To Nebraska Elementary Students

by David Badash ● 2:56 PM April 18, 2014
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One Nebraska elementary school had a unique anti-bullying policy. “Do not tell on bullies,” and “Don’t be a sore loser,” are just some of the suggestions a flyer given to fifth graders.

Casey Michel

Judge Issues Order Against Christianist Indoctrination in Louisiana School

by Casey Michel ● 5:54 PM March 25, 2014
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A federal judge has ruled that officials at Louisiana’s Negreet High School had been indoctrinating students with Christianism, and that they must promptly cease and desist.

Education

Texas School Board Opts For Textbooks With Evolution And Climate Change

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:48 PM December 4, 2013
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Texas has decides to teach evolution and climate change with no religious caveats. Creationists have predictably thrown a temper tantrum.

Education

A Teacher Responds To Chris Christie’s Finger In Her Face

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:38 AM November 4, 2013
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This weekend, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wagged a finger in teacher Melissa Tomlinson’s face screaming “What do you people want?” Here is her answer.

Bigotry Watch

School’s Slavery Re-Enactment Field Trip Included Racial Slurs, Threats Of Violence

by David Badash ● 6:29 PM September 19, 2013
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An award-winning Connecticut public school is under fire for taking students on a slavery re-enactment field trip that reportedly included threats of physical violence, whipping, and usage of the N-word.

Education

Bill Nye Discusses Why We Must Keep Religion Out Of Science Books

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:37 AM September 17, 2013
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“You’re quoting facts. How much do we really know about facts?” – Bill Maher to Bill Nye The Science Guy (with video)

Education

Don’t Mess With Textbooks – Progressives Rally To Keep Religion Out of Science Books

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:45 PM September 16, 2013
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The Texas Freedom Network will sponsor a Stand Up For Science rally in Austin tomorrow, as progressives attempt to keep religion out of new science textbooks.

Education

Dan Savage Kicks Off The New NALT Christian Campaign

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:30 PM September 5, 2013
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For years we have asked “where are all the Christians voices who do not hate gays?” Turns out they are out there, and Dan Savage has given them some help with being heard.

Education

Watch: Local News Interviews 11 Year Old Who Fought And Won ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Lawmaker

by David Badash ● 8:29 AM June 6, 2013
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Marcel Neergaard’s petition led to the author of a “Don’t Say Gay” bill losing his education “Reformer of the Year” award. “It made me feel like I went from a nobody to a person who had a national organization say we stand by you. All in five days.”

Education

Illinois Ends Abstinence Only Sex Education – Opts For Science

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:47 PM May 28, 2013
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The Illinois Senate has passed a bill requiring public schools to give students “accurate information” about sex, rather than promoting abstinence. Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign it into law this week.

Education

Right Wing Education Reform Org: We Didn’t Know Our ‘Reformer Of The Year’ Was Anti-Gay

by David Badash ● 10:10 AM April 30, 2013
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StudentsFirst yesterday was forced to issue a statement on Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, after having awarded the bill’s author and top House sponsor, Rep. John Ragan, the “Reformer Of The Year” award.

Bigotry Watch

Michelle Rhee’s Education ‘Reformer Of The Year’ Is ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Author

by David Badash ● 1:49 PM April 27, 2013
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Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst claims to be a “grassroots movement,” but in reality it’s a PAC that funds anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-education Republican lawmakers and awards them for policies that hurt students and teachers.

Discrimination

Watch: Teacher Fired By Catholic School After 19 Years For Being Gay Speaks Out

by David Badash ● 9:40 AM April 26, 2013
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Carla Hale, who for 19 years was the physical-education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School in Clintonville, Ohio, was fired for being gay after the fact she has a same-sex partner was revealed in her mother’s obituary.