Josh Mann

Missouri legislative session ends with progress on education

New funding for charter schools, expanding access to virtual school, improving childhood literacy and increasing teacher pay are among a handful of education initiatives that…

Texas school may have illegally pushed vote on billion-dollar school bond, revealing common problems with how bond issues work

A Texas public school district is under investigation for what Gov. Greg Abbott calls a “likely crime” – school bond electioneering.  School officials may have…

Should teachers treat your children as they would their own? Maybe not, but they will

President Biden recently said something both true and disturbing. He told Teachers of the Year winners what makes them excel: they treat their students like…

Parents and education leaders rally at ‘ground zero’ of parental rights movement

As someone born in Mao’s China, Xi Van Fleet was considered more of a ward of the government than a child to her own parents. …

Sunrise on a mission: The improbable story of the nation’s top-ranked high school basketball team

The No. 1 high school boys basketball team in the country plays in Kansas, at a school you’ve likely never heard of – unless you…

After backlash, Michigan Democratic Party deletes Facebook post that criticized parents, went against Mich. law

On Saturday the Michigan Democratic Party posted on its official Facebook page, criticizing parents who want a say in the education of their children. After…

Pope Francis warns about the dangers of “cancel culture” and educational disruptions

On Monday Pope Francis spoke to diplomats at the Vatican, describing “cancel culture” as “ideological colonization, one that leaves no room for freedom of expression.”…

Berean Christian Academy dedicates memorial to recently fallen soldier, Ryan Knauss

A Christian school in East Tennessee has dedicated a memorial to former student and fallen soldier, Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, who was killed last…

3rd grade teacher goes viral with full-court shot, kids earn hot chocolate party (video)

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, or Ms. Fitz as her students know her, made a deal with the kids on the playground of Holy Trinity School in Washington,…

National education foundation offers free online courses on running for school board

The Noah Webster Educational Foundation has helped put together free online courses to teach ordinary citizens how to run for a local school board seat.…

New Cato freedom report has state-by-state freedom rankings, including educational freedom

The Cato Institute, a nonprofit think tank, has released its 2021 “Freedom in the 50 States” report which considers how public policies affect individual freedoms economically, socially, and personally. Results can be viewed as an ‘overall freedom’ metric, as well as based on specific subcategories such as fiscal, personal, education, etc. The most educationally free states are Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Georgia, and New Hampshire, according to the report. These states tend to have more school choice policies and less regulation of private schools and homeschools.

Glenn Youngkin campaign strategist discusses the impact of victory

Glenn Youngkin’s win in the Virginia governor’s race put parents and education at the center of American politics. Youngkin defeated the Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe,…

Biden administration aims to rollback Trump-era effort to catalog teacher sex crimes

Last Thursday, the Department of Education proposed changes to its data collection for this school year, including a rolling back of a Trump-era policy to…

Herzog Foundation hosts sold out ‘Donor Development Bootcamp’ in Dallas, first of many training events for the foundation

Forty seats was the cap for the Stanley M. Herzog Foundation’s first training event, two-and-a-half days designed to help Christian school leaders and development directors improve their fundraising efforts. Other than transportation to and from the event, all conference expenses, including dining and accommodations, were covered. The event was the first of two the foundation has planned for this year, and both sold out shortly after they were announced. 

Missouri attorney general sues Springfield Public Schools for Sunshine Law violations after request for documents related to critical race theory

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit today against Springfield Public Schools for failing to properly respond to a public records request for documents…

Kansas City parent confronts school board about sexually explicit books in school libraries, cites ‘solicitation of a minor’ charges

A father of children who attend schools in the North Kansas City School District confronted school board members about sexually graphic passages and images in…

Refund the Police: Departments around the Country Are Getting Their Funding Back after Crime Rises and Officers Quit

A year after protestors were chanting ‘Defund the Police’, many departments are seeing their funding restored and budgets increased. This comes after months of rising…

Christian school association joins lawsuit to oppose Biden administration mandate allowing transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports

The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) has joined 20 attorneys general in a lawsuit against the Biden Administration mandate that interprets Title IX protections…

White House “Weaponizing” DOJ to Silence Parents at School Board Meetings in Response to NSBA Request

Critics are pushing back against Attorney General Merrick Garland’s effort to mobilize federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies against uncited ‘threats of violence’…

Georgia Public Schools Well-Funded, Despite Claims to the Contrary

Georgia leaders are pushing back on a recent report on education funding in Georgia. The report, from the left-leaning Georgia Budget & Policy Institute (GBPI),…

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Supports Controversial Gender Policy for Schools, Says Parents Shouldn’t Be Involved

Former Democratic Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, who is in a race once again for governor, said on Tuesday night that he is against parental…

US Charter School Enrollment Grows 7% amid Traditional Public School Declines in 2020-2021

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has authored a report showing “hundreds of thousands of families switched to charter schools” during the first full…

Mayor Calls on School Board to Resign Over Curriculum, Threatens Child Porn Charges

Hudson Ohio Mayor, Craig Shubert, addressed the September 13 Hudson School Board meeting, threatening child pornography charges against board members who would not resign. At…

Broad Support for School Choice, Curriculum Concerns from Parents in Recent Poll

A recent survey found that parents across the political and ethnic spectrum strongly support school choice in America’s 20 fastest growing metropolitan areas. These parents…

Missouri Test Scores Show Virtual Learning, Pandemic Had Detrimental Effect on Students

Missouri K-12 preliminary test scores from last year were just released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), showing the immense impact…

Herzog Foundation Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case on Maine Discrimination against Religious Education

A state of Maine case brought by families who want to use a State tuition program for their children to attend Christian schools has reached…

Thomas Sowell: NYC Charter Schools Outperform Traditional Public Schools

Last year, renowned economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell wrote Charter Schools and Their Enemies. The book shows the extent to which charter schools in…

Mike Rowe Shares the Dirty Truth about Work

Mike Rowe has become the face of hard work in America, especially with the success of his Discovery Channel show, “Dirty Jobs.” For years now,…

Connecticut teacher who resigned over racially charged curriculum sits down with The Lion

Jennifer Tafuto, a Connecticut elementary school teacher who hails from a long line of educators, resigned her position this summer over concerns about the racially…

US Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Using Public Funds for Religious School Tuition

In July, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case filed by Maine families who want to use a State tuition program for their…

Rod Dreher to Christian Parents: Pull Your Kids Out of Public Schools

In his recent bestselling book, Dreher minces no words: "Because public education in America is neither rightly ordered, nor religiously informed, nor able to form an imagination devoted to Western civilization, it is time for all Christians to pull their children out of the pubic school system. If those reasons weren’t already enough, the corrosive effect of the toxic peer culture found among students in many public schools (as well as private ones) would confirm the case…Plus, public schools by nature are on the front lines of the latest and worst trends in popular culture."

Bobby Bowden Was Bold in His Faith, Shunned Political Correctness

Bobby Bowden, college football’s most recognizable face for two decades, lived to glorify God and frequently stood up to political correctness. His coaching legacy includes…

John Piper Answers: “Public, Private, Online, Homeschool?” (Prominent Voices Series)

As America becomes more pervasively secular with commitments...that are not neutral, but anti-Christian, partnering with public-school teachers to accomplish biblical goals for our children becomes, year by year, less feasible — and, indeed, in many cases, unthinkable.

Faith in the Arena: USA Olympic Athletes Expressing Their Convictions

The Summer Olympics just wrapped up with the USA leading all countries in gold medals (39) and overall medal count (113). For many athletes, the…

Tim Tebow Discusses Homeschooling and Its Growth in Popularity

Tim Tebow is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. The record-setting quarterback won the Heisman trophy and two national championships with the…

Indiana Enrolling Record Numbers in Christian Schools in Report of ‘Exodus’ from Public Schools

Thousands of students are leaving Indiana public schools for private and homeschool options according to a report from Anthony Kinnett, education journalist and co-founder of…

Herzog Foundation Announces More Than $2.7 Million in Grants to Six Christian Schools

The Herzog Foundation has announced $2,758,000 in grants “to propel the growth and increase enrollment in six Christian schools in Missouri, Kansas, and Tennessee,” according…

Welcome to The Lion: Essential Content for the American Family, Educators, and Leaders

We are living in tumultuous times. American culture seems confused, even schizophrenic. Culture is never uniform, but within the nation today, contradictory factions are growing.…