Category Archive for: liberty

State may face lawsuit for anti-Christian discrimination

A member of the Oklahoma State Board of Education suggested Thursday that private schools should not be allowed to participate in a state program for children with special needs unless they substantially abandon their Christian identity. During the board’s monthly meeting, Altus Christian Academy and Christian Heritage Academy both applied to participate in the Lindsey…Read More

Opinion: OSF scholarships – not everyone wants the good news

Most people, one hopes, appreciated the public efforts of my colleague Rob Sellers, the executive director of the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, to inform families seeking better school options for their children about available opportunities to apply for scholarships that enable children to attend a private school. These privately funded scholarships and the organizations that administer…Read More

Court halts Education Department’s rule for pandemic relief money to private schools

A federal judge has blocked a rule by the Department of Education for allocating pandemic relief money to private schools. U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction against the rule Thursday. He said the Education Department had exceeded its authority in issuing guidelines for funding distribution beyond what Congress had…Read More

Justice Department: Vermont college tuition program can’t exclude Catholic school student

The U.S. Department of Justice has sided with a Vermont Catholic high school student who has said a state program wrongly excluded her participation in a college credit coursework program because she attends a religious private school. The Vermont Education Agency’s Dual Enrollment Program allows high school students to take college courses with tuition paid…Read More

US Supreme Court upholds Nevada’s coronavirus rules for houses of worship

By a 5-4 vote last Friday the Supreme Court upheld Nevada’s coronavirus regulation that limits attendance at indoor religious services to 50 persons. Some businesses in the state, such as casinos, may admit 50% of their capacity. Chief Justices John Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan decided July…Read More

Transgender lawsuit against Catholic hospital cites new US Supreme Court precedent

A Catholic hospital in Maryland faces a lawsuit from a person who presents as a transgender man because it would not perform a hysterectomy on the person’s healthy uterus. The lawsuit, whose backers have for decades opposed Catholic ethics in Catholic-run hospitals, cites a 2020 Supreme Court decision that holds employment discrimination on the basis…Read More

Education opportunity to increase statewide under Stitt plan

In an announcement that gained praise from national education leaders, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced last week he will use millions of dollars in federal COVID funds to increase educational opportunity across Oklahoma, boosting financial resources for students, families, and schools across the state. Among other things, Stitt’s plan will boost online course offerings in rural…Read More