Education

DeVos Forces Schools Districts to Divert Public School Dollars to Private Religious Schools

Washington, D.C.—Today, Secretary Betsy DeVos’s announced that the Department of Education will force local school districts to redirect a portion of federal funding intended to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic from public schools to private, religious schools....

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TN Governor Lee Signs Most Extreme Church Release Time Bill in the Nation

Nashville, TN—Today, the national religious equality watchdog organization American Atheists denounced Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s decision this week to sign the most extreme church release time bill in the country. HB 2542/SB 2473 will force public schools to excuse students from class for one hour each school day for outside…...

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Tell the Government Not to Waste More Money on Abstinence-Only Education!

Washington, D.C.—The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has proposed launching a biased data collection project called IDEAS intended to generate “evidence” to support primarily religious, abstinence-only programs. ...

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Betsy DeVos Expands Dangerous Exemptions for Religious Colleges and Universities

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists denounced the Department of Education’s Title IX regulation changes, which expand religious exemptions for schools and weaken protections for victims of sexual harassment....

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Atheists Urge Supreme Court to Protect Employees from Discriminatory Religious Organizations

Washington, D.C.—In an amicus brief filed today, American Atheists, the Center for Inquiry, and the American Humanist Association urged the Supreme Court to deny attempts by religious employers to ignore non-discrimination laws on the basis of their religion. ...

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Trump’s School Voucher Proposal Would Rob Public Schools of $5 Billion Every Year

Cranford, NJ–In response to President Trump’s call for a $5 billion giveaway to religious schools at his 2020 State of the Union Address, American Atheists’ president Nick Fish released the following statement:...

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Atheists: South Carolina, Don’t Fund Religious Student Groups that Discriminate

Columbia, SC—Today, American Atheists wrote in opposition to S33, a bill that would open up South Carolina colleges and universities to discrimination....

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Department of Education Proposes to Subsidize Religious Proselytizing

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists denounced the Trump Administration’s proposal to subsidize religious organizations using Department of Education student aid programs. Under the new rule, the federal government would unconstitutionally support the efforts of religious organizations not just to provide services but also to worship and proselytize....

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