Jillian Schneider

This week in Christian education (Jan. 30 – Feb. 3)

Classical Christian school continues growth – Mirus Academy, a classical Christian school in Ellsworth Maine, has grown from four students to 83 in just nine…

Op-Ed: Drag shows dehumanize women

Warning: Adult content. See, that wasn’t that hard. I never thought I’d have to say this, but drag shows aren’t something we should be celebrating,…

‘It’s disgusting, I’m disgusting’: Male detransitioner explains why no one – not even adults – should have cross-sex surgery

Ritchie Herron’s life will never be the same. As a young British adult dealing with depression, OCD and latent homosexuality, he thought becoming a woman…

Education audit reveals why Louisiana needs school choice

If there was ever a time to reconsider whether public education does its job, many policy experts and lawmakers say that time is now. Louisiana’s…

‘I’m ready to go back out’: Pro-life father acquitted after controversial FBI raid and arrest

A pro-life advocate who was arrested last year for defending his son outside an abortion clinic was acquitted by jury on Monday. Mark Houck, a…

Colorado teachers’ union will say anything to get more money

A new report from Colorado’s teachers’ union blames underfunding for a litany of issues, including school violence and a lack of LGBT-inclusivity. The Colorado Education…

Lawsuit alleges Alaska program allowing students to purchase materials for certain courses unconstitutional despite reported benefits

A new lawsuit alleges Alaska’s state-funded correspondence study program is unconstitutional because it allows families to purchase private services and materials, including private school materials.…

Op-Ed: Liberal religious leaders are shooting themselves in the foot by suing over Missouri’s abortion ban

A small group of liberal religious leaders is suing the state of Missouri over its abortion ban, ironically claiming access to abortion is part of…

The week in Christian education (Jan. 23-27)

Christian school offers unique STEM programs – Fairfield Christian Academy in Ohio is helping its students foster a passion for science with its STEM career…

Utah Legislature passes school choice bill

Utah’s newest school choice legislation is on its way to the governor’s desk. After HB 215 passed the House on Friday, it sped through the…

‘This is going to change our life.’ How Iowans reacted to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ school choice law

Students and parents came to Iowa’s Capitol in droves to celebrate the passage of a comprehensive school choice bill.  With governor’s signature on Tuesday, Iowa…

U.S. Senators unite for school choice

Several U.S. Senators advanced school choice this week with a resolution and at least two bills, demonstrating it doesn’t have to be a partisan issue.…

Missouri Senate bill would expand school choice opportunities for families

A Missouri Senate committee heard a school choice bill which would establish tax credits for homeschool expenses and make state funds available for private education.…

Montana bill banning obscene material receives community support despite criticism from LGBT advocates, libraries

A bill prohibiting obscene materials for children in schools and libraries had its first hearing in the Montana State Legislature last week. Rep. Bob Phalen,…

Utah House approves school choice bill that also increases teacher pay

A school choice bill passed the Utah House on Friday and now heads to the Republican-led Senate. HB 215, sponsored by Rep. Candice Pierucci, R-Herriman,…

Could Missouri implement merit-based teacher pay?

The Missouri legislature is considering merit-based pay to increase teacher salaries and improve the quality of teaching in the classroom. “If we just keep raising…

This week in Christian education (Jan. 16-20)

Christian Schools are filling up as enrollment season opens – Christian schools across the country are enrolling students for the 2023-24 school year, building on…

‘They are starving us to death,’ says union boss despite $53 billion ed budget

Texas teachers’ unions are outraged that education funding might go to any school but their own. The outrage followed Gov. Greg Abbott’s support for school…

North Dakota bills seek to restrict access to obscene books for minors

North Dakota lawmakers are considering two bills that would prohibit public libraries from displaying sexually explicit materials to minors. HB 1205, introduced by House Majority…

Americans are rethinking education priorities

When it comes to education, the American public has some new priorities. In the wake of the pandemic, 55% of Americans agree schools should be…

Judge dismisses LGBT students’ case against Christian colleges

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Christian colleges by LGBT students whose arguments were “confusing and contradictory,” according to the court’s opinion. Forty students…

North Carolina teacher sues school that fired him for teaching ‘viewpoint diversity’

A high school teacher is suing the school that fired him after he opposed radical ideologies such as Critical Race Theory. David Phillips spent eight…

Study finds majority of parents considered switching schools for their kids; many want more information

In the past year, more than half of parents considered a different school for their children, a new study revealed. Rates were highest among African…

South Carolina amendment would lift funding restrictions for private schools

South Carolina’s House of Representatives put forward a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment which would help open funding to private schools. Led by House…

Nebraska special needs teacher charged with child abuse; ‘He could have died every day,’ says mother

A Nebraska City Public Schools (NCPS) teacher is being charged with felony child abuse for her actions against a disabled student. Mother Jennifer Egri became…

This week in Christian education (Jan. 9-13)

Christian school continues to educate despite fire – Although a fire ravaged its building on New Year’s Eve, New Life Christian School in North Carolina…

Minnesota could deny teaching licenses to educators with traditional views on gender with new standards

Minnesota’s proposed teacher licensing standards would leave religious educators in a quandary between their faith and their jobs. The standards, which are in the final…

200 new classical Christian schools open in just 2 years

For the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS), 30 years of hard work is starting to pay off. Dr. Timothy Dernlan, vice president of member…

Louisiana requires pornography websites to verify users are legal adults in an effort to protect minors

A new Louisiana law protecting minors from online pornography went into effect Jan. 1. The law requires websites containing 33% or more pornographic material to…

Mountain States Policy Center sets its eyes on new summit: school choice

The Mountain States Policy Center (MSPC) is ringing in the new year by launching a new education choice initiative. “Education choice is the belief that…

Rural school choice is a ‘rising tide that lifts all boats,’ study finds

Critics say school choice policies harm rural communities. They couldn’t be more wrong. School choice policies help families take advantage of educational alternatives in their…

Seattle Public Schools sues social media companies for exploiting youth, seeks compensation for damages

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) sued several social media companies on Friday, including Facebook, Instagram, Google, and YouTube, seeking damages for harm done to youth. In…

‘We don’t sue enough of our public schools,’ says education reform expert

Public education all over America is failing, including in California with its poor test scores and the worst literacy rate in the nation. A proposed…

‘Keep fighting for our Missouri families,’ say supporters of Ashcroft’s library rule

Who knew Missouri residents had such strong opinions about libraries? After a Sunshine Law request, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft released all the public comments…

This week in Christian education (Jan. 2-6)

Christian school prays with nation for injured alumnus and NFL player Damar Hamlin – Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh – the alma mater of…

California declares itself the rightful parent of all transgender children, critics say

As of Jan. 1, California is a so-called sanctuary state for transgender health. SB 107 – authored by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco – allows…

Chicago Public Schools holds students hostage by trapping them in a broken system

If public education in Chicago wasn’t already bad enough, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is now holding some students hostage – by trying to get…

Stanford University claims ‘freshman’ and ‘American’ are offensive terms

Despite stiff competition, Stanford University recently became a major contender in the race to become the most politically correct academic institution ever. Stanford released the…

CDC announces new disease: conservatism

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is promoting its latest resource: an LGBT inclusivity self-assessment for educators. But what disease does it target?…

Community complaints cause library to move 7 sexually inappropriate books while 4 others remain in children’s section

Two mothers’ complaint about sexually inappropriate books prompted the library to move some of them into the adult section. At Fremont City Council’s on Dec.…

This week in Christian education (Dec. 26-30)

New Christian school opening in Kentucky – Co-directors Charlotte Burton and Carrie Oliver announced the opening of Highlands Latin School Owensboro. The non-denominational, faith-based school…

Akron teachers strike for school safety, more discipline

School violence has become so bad in Akron, Ohio, teachers are planning to strike when the spring semester commences. Akron Education Association (AEA) announced its…

Teaching proper grammar and math is racist, say these teachers

A California teacher refuses to teach proper grammar because she claims it upholds white supremacy. “Public education is an institution that upholds lots of problematic…

Former trans woman Oli London responds to LGBT advocate who denied existence of ‘detransitioners’ like him

An LGBT advocate testified to Congress that detransitioners – people who return to their biological gender after identifying as transgender – don’t exist. Oli London,…

Biden Admin investigates Texas superintendent for removing explicit books from libraries

A Texas superintendent is under investigation for trying to protect students from sexually explicit books in public school libraries. The U.S. Department of Education has…

Herzog Foundation announces winning students in Bill of Rights Essay Contest

The Herzog Foundation has announced the two winners and seven runners-up in its 2022 Bill of Rights essay contest for middle and high school students.…

This week in Christian education (Dec. 19-23)

Championship-winning Christian school gets new gymnasium – Clinton Christian Academy in Mississippi is opening its first gymnasium. Remarkably, both its boys and girls basketball teams…

Corey DeAngelis blasts teachers’ unions for holding K-12 education “hostage” during pandemic

Prominent school choice proponent Corey DeAngelis appeared on Dr. Phil this week to discuss the role teachers’ unions played in undermining public education during the…

DeSantis blasts teachers’ unions, proposes paycheck protection for teachers

Gov. Ron DeSantis has big plans for Florida’s teachers – and teachers’ unions – in 2023. On Monday, DeSantis hosted a “Freedom Blueprint” conference in…

Mother sues school board for negligence after Louisiana high school student is attacked and hospitalized

A Louisiana mother whose son was the victim of an unprovoked attack is suing the school district for negligence. Chase Hart Jr., a junior at…

Menstruation is the new discrimination, civil rights activists argue

Civil rights activists argue female students are being discriminated against – by their period. The Department of Education is expected to weigh in on whether…

Public education ‘betrays its purpose,’ says former public school teacher

A public school teacher was fired for telling parents about their child’s gender transition. Now the teacher is speaking out. Bonnie Manchester was a teacher…

Southern California school board bans Critical Race Theory

A Southern California school board voted to ban Critical Race Theory throughout the district.   The Temecula Valley Unified School District board voted 3-2 Tuesday night in favor…

This week in Christian education (Dec. 12-16)

New Jersey Christian school fills shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child – Students and staff at Atlantic Christian School in the Egg Harbor Township of New…

Ohio Board of Education pushes back against Biden administration, affirms original intent of Title IX

The Ohio Board of Education (OBE) voted 10-7 Tuesday to pass a resolution affirming Title IX and parental rights. The non-biding resolution’s purpose is “to…

Long-time school board member sues own board, accusing it of silencing public dissent and retaliating against opponents

A public school board member is suing his own board, which he says “makes political decisions in secret.” Mike Meier, a school board member for…

Oklahoma notches religious liberty victory, effectively permits public charter schools to be religious

Oklahoma’s attorney general issued an opinion this month that a state law preventing charter schools from being religious likely violates the Constitution and should not…

Christian teacher forced out for refusing to endorse transgender ideology is fighting back

An Ohio public middle school forced a Christian teacher to resign for refusing to refer to students by pronouns inconsistent with their biological gender. Now…

Senate push to protect charter schools from Biden admin rule dies on the floor in 49-49 tie

A joint resolution aimed at protecting charter schools failed to attain majority support in a vote ending a 49-49 tie on Wednesday. S.J. Res. 60, led…

Former Navy SEAL Chris Beck renounces transgender identity that ‘destroyed’ his life

Chris Beck, a veteran who became famous for coming out as transgender, has just revolutionized his public image with four words: “I am not transgender.”…

Minnesota $400K recruitment initiative for teachers only yields 6 hires out of possible 41

Money can’t buy happiness, as the saying goes. This year, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) learned money also can’t buy teachers MDE reported the…

Teachers are fleeing partisan unions that some say undermine public education

Teachers are fleeing unions in droves, citing the political partisanship of the organizations that charge $750 to $900 a year in membership fees. The National…

American ‘Girl’ sacrifices our daughters on the altar of gender ideology

First Disney, now American Girl dolls. Thanks, gender ideology, for ruining my childhood. American Girl’s new book “Body Image” is being rightly denounced for advocating…

California teachers are curating queer libraries, gaslighting Pre-K students about their gender

Parents in California were outraged to discover a local teacher brought sexually explicit content into their classroom. Now, the school district is launching a review,…

This week in Christian education (Dec. 5-9)

Christian school selected to participate in NASA mission – Trinity Christian school was chosen to participate in NASA’s Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEBP) during solar…

Trouble in paradise: California public schools cause ‘organizational trauma’

Amid a nationwide teacher shortage plaguing public schools, a report reveals California teachers have a lot to complain about. The report, “Developing a Strategy for…

Title IX complaint against Stanford University says programs discriminate against men

Stanford University discriminates against male students, claims a complaint filed with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, Forbes reported. The office is officially investigating…

Missouri’s Ashcroft advocates for parental rights, asks the public to comment on proposed library rule to protect children

Jay Ashcroft proudly stands by his proposed rule that would forbid state libraries in Missouri from using state funds on materials that “appeal to the…

Homeschool students campaign for Ted Budd, helping him win North Carolina U.S. Senate race

North Carolina just elected its newest U.S. senator in businessman, former U.S. representative and homeschool father Ted Budd. But when it came to persuading voters,…

Akron public schools riddled with violence, distressing parents and teachers alike

Violence and fear are now said to be commonplace in Ohio’s Akron Public Schools, reportedly putting both students and staff in harm’s way on a…

This week in Christian education (Nov. 28-Dec. 2)

Christian students organize food drive for local food pantry – Students from Community Christian School hosted a food drive and donated 538 boxes of cereal…

No going back? Americans’ engagement, trust in public schools is irreparably shaken, report shows

Three years after the advent of COVID-19, public education has lost what may be permanent amounts of both students and trust, a new report says.…

Speak of the devil: After School Satan Clubs open in California, Ohio, horrifying parents

When The Satanic Temple announced new after-school elementary programs in California and Ohio, parents and residents voiced their unequivocal dissent. On Monday, Wilmington, Ohio residents…

State Policy Network releases guide to help states foster K-12 school choice and entrepreneurship

A report from a network of policy groups details seven ways states can support innovation in education that gives families more and better choices. The report,…

Colorado votes to raise taxes on some for free universal school lunches

Colorado voters passed Proposition FF on Tuesday, which will raise state taxes on high-income households to make free school lunches available to all students. Although…

Denver public schools may close 10 schools due to low enrollment; critics blame poor planning

Denver Public Schools’ superintendent is recommending the closure of 10 elementary and middle schools, citing low enrollment from declining birth rates and a changing housing…

More money, same problems: Despite billions spent on education, California NAEP scores are below national average

When national test score data revealed California students scored well below the national average, Gov. Gavin Newsom pointed out his state experienced “less learning loss”…

Home School Legal Defense Association comes to aid of Florida family, challenges public school rigmarole

When a Florida family received an email from the local public school claiming their homeschooled daughter was enrolled as a full-time student, they were shocked.  …

Colorado Proposition FF would give all students a free lunch, but at what cost? 

In two weeks, Colorado voters will cast their ballot on a proposition that effectively raises taxes for some to offer free lunches to all the…

Proposed rule seeks to protect Missouri children from explicit material without book banning

A top Missouri official has proposed a new rule to protect children and youth from inappropriate materials in state-funded libraries.  Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s…

Public rejects LGBTQ, sex education in elementary schools, new study shows

Americans are more concerned with the age at which controversial topics are taught, rather than banning them outright.  That’s one of the findings in a…

This city council voted for equal opportunity, fair play in women’s sports, bucking a vocal audience

A suburban Kansas City council voted 7-1 Monday to support legislation banning biological males from competing in women’s sports. Many residents at the Shawnee, Kansas…

Simply divine: Wisconsin Christian school repurposes former strip club, ‘lets the light in’

When Ozaukee Christian School purchased a former strip club for its new home, Head of School Kris Austin knew it was an unorthodox move. “It…