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The First Amendment for a ‘Christian Nation’

The First Amendment for a ‘Christian Nation’

America’s national pastime is no longer baseball; it’s litigation. And it’s that time of the year when our litigation specifically turns to mangers, evergreen trees, and school band music. The frenzy to eliminate all aspects of Christmas as a religious event has produced both legitimate concerns as well as paranoia. So it is not surprising

Ohio Education Vouchers, Part II: State by State – Is There a Better Way?

[Editor’s note: Part 1, “Why Vouchers Exist, and Whether They Should” describes the events leading up to the creation of school vouchers in Ohio, along with reasons which countered objections to their implementation. Part 2 looks at expanding the vouchers concept, which is yielding impressive results in New Orleans with the help of the state

Ohio’s Education Vouchers, Part I: Why They Exist, and Whether They Should

Our nation’s public school systems pre-date the nation itself.  According to the Applied Research Center, the beginnings of our public school system began in 1647 with the words, “The General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony decrees that every town of fifty families should have an elementary school and that every town of 100 families

The Confused “Choice” Messages of OEA

Teachers in Ohio should continue to be anti-choice.  That message dominated the agenda of the Ohio Education Association’s Spring Representative Assembly held at Vets Memorial in Columbus on May 10 and 11, where the theme was “Our Guiding Values.” They weren’t talking about saving lives by avoiding abortion. OEA isn’t budging in its tireless campaign

National Education Standards Will Be a Costly Failure

A version of this article appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on April 27, 2013 and was submitted to OCR directly by the author. On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers quietly changed American public education as we know it. On that humid summer day, from the swamps of Washington, D.C.,