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  • Transgender ed. in kindergarten stirs Calif. debate

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 31, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ROCKLIN, Calif. (BP) -- A months-long debate on parental consent for controversial education topics continues in California after a teacher introduced a kindergartener as transgender and read classmates two books on transgenderism.

    The teacher told parents at an Aug. 22 board meeting of the Rocklin Academy Charter Schools in Rocklin, Calif., that she meant no harm by introducing the student as transgender, the Washington Times reported Aug. 23. Read More

  • Bible course in public elementary school under fire

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (one year ago)

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    PRINCETON, W.Va. (BP) -- Bible courses offered as electives in U.S. public schools are being tested after the parent of a kindergarten student filed suit to halt such classes in Mercer County, W.Va.

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) lawsuit on behalf of an atheist identified as "Jane Doe" seeks to block Mercer County Public Schools (MCPS) from offering the course in the fall of 2017-2018, when her daughter "Jamie" would enter first grade. Read More

  • Transgender debate continues as students return

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As students return to their classrooms, the Obama administration's transgender directive continues to provoke a variety of responses among America's public schools.

    On one end of the spectrum, states like Massachusetts, California and Washington have embraced the administration's May directive that public schools and universities must allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their perceived gender identity rather than their biological sex. Some local school boards have responded positively as well, as in Charlotte, N.C., where the school ... Read More

  • 'Christmas' censorship attempts recur annually

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 16, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- At least four public attempts to censor the use of the term "Christmas" and the display of related decorations such as Christmas trees have been reported this year in the United States, specifically in New Hampshire, Virginia, New York and Tennessee.

    Such censorship attempts occur annually at Christmas, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) told Baptist Press. Read More

  • N.Y. mayor defends ban of churches in schools

    by Emily Belz/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- Although New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had said repeatedly he opposes a Bloomberg-era policy forbidding churches from renting public school spaces for worship services, his administration's lawyers have filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court arguing for the policy. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Can gender be ignored?

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, October 10, 2014 (4 years ago)

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- News outlets reported incorrectly that a Nebraska school district was planning to prohibit teachers from referencing students as boys and girls or ladies and gentlemen. But the desire to create a genderless society in America does exist. Read More