Category Archives: Education

Feds: U. of Kansas Prof. Funneled Research to Communist China

Professor Feng Tao of the University of Kansas was charged by federal authorities with two counts of wire fraud and one count of program fraud for attempting to funnel publicly-funded research to the Chinese government.

Supreme Court: Kavanaugh, Alito, & Breyer Suggest Montana Discriminated Against Religious Schools

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, where justices focused on religious discrimination.

Study: Professors Donate to Democrats More Than Republicans 95 to 1

A new study has found that professors registered as Democrats outnumber Republicans by a ratio of nearly nine to one. The study adds that professors who donate to Democrat candidates outnumber those giving to Republicans by a ratio of 95 to one.

Harvard Embraces Debunked ‘Implicit Bias’ Test that Labels You a Racist

A popular quiz on Harvard University’s website was designed in 1998 by psychologists to determine a person’s level of subconscious racism.  Although the test has been thoroughly debunked by researchers since its introduction, it has remained a fixture of progressive activism.

Montana Moms Fight For Religious Schools

A group of Montana mothers will take their religious discrimination battle to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a landmark case that could affect millions of schoolchildren.

Teresa Schmit was relieved when Montana state lawmakers passed a tax break for private school donations in 2015. Schmit works two days a week as a counselor, while her husband works full-time at an engineering firm, to send their eight children to Catholic schools. Still, the family’s combined income cannot cover the tuition of even one of their children.

“All of the money we have we put toward their education,” Schmit told the Washington Free Beacon.

The family relies on private scholarships to cover the difference and hoped the credit for donors would expand such opportunities. Schmit did not count on Montana’s Blaine Amendment, which prohibits state and local governments from giving aid to “sectarian schools.” The state supreme court cited the provision, which is historically linked to anti-Catholic sentiments in the late 19th century, to strike down the program.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue to determine whether states can prohibit tax credits from applying to scholarships at religious schools while making the credits available to similar secular institutions. The decision could affect the 4 million students who attend religiously affiliated private schools. The case could mark a turning point for the state of religious freedom in the country. If the Supreme Court strikes down Montana’s Blaine Amendment, it could open up constitutional challenges to similar provisions enshrined in the constitutions of 37 other states.

The parents argue that the state court’s decision effectively discriminates against people of faith by denying them access to a widely available public program solely because of their religious beliefs.

“I have a stake in this because I want to support my children through private education,” said Christi Rudolph, a Montana native and divorced mother of two. “But the bigger thing is the families that are going to come behind me. I believe every single parent should have an educational choice if they choose to opt out of their public school system.”

For many Montanans, the case is not just about larger constitutional principles but the financial bottom line that restricts their educational choices. For the Schmit family, every bit of additional scholarship aid helps.

“For one kid’s education, we wouldn’t be able to put groceries on the table. We wouldn’t be able to pay our mortgage. So, if it wasn’t for the scholarship, you know, I actually don’t know what we would do,” Schmit said.

The Supreme Court previously heard a similar case concerning a Missouri program that denied improvement grants to a religious school. In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, the Court ruled 7-2 that the state violated the First Amendment by excluding parochial schools from a neutral education program. The majority emphasized that its decision was limited to the improvement project, rather than “funding or other forms of discrimination.”

If the Supreme Court decides to reinstate the tax credit program, the ruling could motivate states to provide even more support for religious schools, expanding access for students across the country, according to Dr. Tim Uhl, superintendent of Montana Catholic Schools.

“If we throw out the Blaine Amendment then suddenly we’re going to have a radical transformation of school funding,” Uhl said. “We’re going to have a radical change in potential for different states…. That’s really what’s at stake.”

Oral arguments are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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Feds: University of Florida Faculty Members Fed Research to China

Four researchers were forced to resign from their positions at the University of Florida after a federal investigation revealed that foreign countries including China had exploited medical research at the university with the researchers’ help.

Schools Are Treating Students for Separation Anxiety from Their Phones

According to a recent report, K-12 schools around the country are having to treat students for separation anxiety after implementing policies that require students to hand over their smartphones. One school’s solution was to buy locking pouches for smartphones, which

Yale Commits $135 Million to Diversity Initiative

Yale University announced recently that it is expanding its diversity spending over the next five years. The new plan includes a 70 percent increase in spending on a diversity initiative designed to create a more diverse faculty.

WA Dems Pushing Mandatory Sexual & Trans Curriculum for Kindergartners

Progressives have a habit of wanting to tell people how to live, and that includes telling them how to raise their children. Citizens of Washington state have told their government that they do not want their children, starting in kindergarten, to participate in “comprehensive sexual health education” but the state’s Democrats believe they know better,…

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Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn: If You Appreciate Beauty, You Reject the Woke Left

Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow on Monday to discuss how his American universities are being destroyed by leftists. According to Dr. Arnn, “If you can read something beautiful from the past, if you can appreciate the fact that Shakespeare and Plato are beautiful, you have cut the legs out under from modern liberalism.”

Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn: If You Appreciate Beauty, You Reject the Woke Left

Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow on Monday to discuss how his American universities are being destroyed by leftists.

Professors at Catholic University Outraged over Screening of Pro-Life Movie ‘Unplanned’

Dozens of professors at King’s University College in Ontario, Canada, are outraged over the screening of the pro-life film, Unplanned. The professors believe the screening of the pro-life film will hinder the Catholic school’s efforts to recruit “excellent” students. The school’s principal responded by stating that while professors “do not need to prescribe to the tenets of the Catholic Church,” the Campus Ministry is still allowed to share its belief that life begins at conception.

Student Demand Answers from Parents After College Admissions Bribe Scandal

The children of those involved in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal now want answers from their parents. In one case highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, Devin Sloane was arrested in connection with a bribe he made to have his son admitted to a top school, leaving his son wondering why his father didn’t believe in him in the first place.

Two More Venues Cancel Michelle Malkin Lecture in Maine

Two additional venues have canceled a lecture event featuring conservative commentator and author Michelle Malkin. The event was first moved to the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston, Maine, after a local hotel to cancel the event as originally planned by a group of University of Maine students. Malkin’s second backup location has now also canceled her planned lecture.

Michelle Malkin Announces Alternate Venue, Live Stream for Lecture Following UMaine Cancellation

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin’s upcoming lecture at the University of Maine may have been canceled with what she calls an “assist” from the school, but that does not mean she is giving up. Malkin now plans to give the lecture at an alternative venue this evening, and the event will be live-streamed by the UMaine College Republicans.

Rand Paul: Taxpayers Pay Community College Tuition for Foreigners

A U.S. government program is using more than $15 million in taxpayer money to send hundreds of foreign students to community college. Upon completion of the program, the students will “return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country.”

Trump Encourages Students Who Want To Pray, Threatens Schools That Try To Stop Them

President Donald Trump is reminding public school students of their right to religious freedom and issuing a stern warning to schools who try to suppress that freedom, according to a White House official. The president planned to commemorate National Religious Freedom Day on Thursday by inviting Christian, Jewish and Muslim students who have experienced religious…

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