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What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
By: Brock Ratcliff
Contrary to what others may think, Common Core is not an invasion by the federal government into our children's classrooms. And Common Core has a lesson for your church.
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Urban Garden Produces Abundant Lessons for Students
Urban Garden Produces Abundant Lessons for Students
When inner-city children plant an urban garden at school, they soon put into practice math, science and language-arts skills. And who knows what other creative ideas will sprout?
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Mandating the Teaching of the Bible in Our Schools
Mandating the Teaching of the Bible in Our Schools
Producers of a miniseries about the Bible say it's time to encourage – even mandate –teaching the Bible in public schools. But their commendable goal is not so easy to achieve.
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What N.C. Governor Needs to Learn about Education
What N.C. Governor Needs to Learn about Education
A college degree in the humanities may not set you up for a high-paying job, but job preparation is not the only, or even the primary, function of higher education.
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Why Huckabee's Wrong to Blame Public Schools
Why Huckabee's Wrong to Blame Public Schools
Contrary to what Mike Huckabee believes, God can't be systematically removed from our schools. Even if you removed all Christians, that wouldn't keep God from showing up.
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How You Can Help Children Find Their Inner Voice
How You Can Help Children Find Their Inner Voice
When you speak to children, do you show them who's boss or do you help them find their inner voice? A nurturing, supportive voice helps children build confidence.
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Discovering What Motivates Kids to Learn
Discovering What Motivates Kids to Learn
Every child is different. Teachers and parents need to work together to find what will inspire children to read and learn. For one second-grade boy, it was bugs.
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How You Can Ace Jesus' Welcoming Test
How You Can Ace Jesus' Welcoming Test
As Chicago's teachers went on strike, many city churches opened their doors to students. They aced Jesus' test by welcoming the vulnerable. How do you measure up?
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Unlocking Potential in Challenging Students
Unlocking Potential in Challenging Students
All teachers have them – the students that make your day feel like a year. They behave differently than the others, but they have bright ideas waiting to burst out.
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Why the School Geeks Will Inherit the Earth
Why the School Geeks Will Inherit the Earth
School is rough for kids pegged as outsiders, whether they're geeks, loners or nerds. But those traits that make school tough can help them succeed in adulthood.
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Ensuring That All Children Grow and Thrive
Ensuring That All Children Grow and Thrive
Children are like seeds. They need the right environment and nurturing to grow and thrive. But some things can stop that growth in its tracks, like gender stereotyping.
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Will Our Schools Help Children of Immigrant Parents?
Will Our Schools Help Children of Immigrant Parents?
Children of first-generation immigrant parents often start school with the motivation to try hard, but they often end up apathetic and in low-performing schools. Will we help?
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Building Community to Help Disadvantaged Children
Building Community to Help Disadvantaged Children
Plenty of factors – from social and political forces to discouragement – will convince teachers that some kids can't be taught. That's when teachers need to unite as a community.
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How One Person Can Inspire a Child to Read
How One Person Can Inspire a Child to Read
By the time they're in fourth grade, 70 percent of low-income children can't read at a basic level. Sometimes, it only takes one person to inspire a child to read.
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These Everyday Heroes Never See the Spotlight
These Everyday Heroes Never See the Spotlight
Not all heroes are in the spotlight. As talk will soon center on Olympic heroes, consider these heroes: a 7-year-old Down syndrome boy, his mother and his teachers.
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Seeds of Kindness May Take Years to Sprout
Seeds of Kindness May Take Years to Sprout
Seemingly small acts of kindness are like seeds. We don't see them grow and it may be years or decades – if at all – before we learn what fruit grew from our long-forgotten acts.
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How College Students Study Less, Earn Better Grades
How College Students Study Less, Earn Better Grades
College students are studying less but earning better grades. For colleges that depend almost exclusively on government-funded tuition, students with decent grades keep their schools funded.
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How to Solve the Skyrocketing Incarceration Rate
How to Solve the Skyrocketing Incarceration Rate
Even though the crime rate has dropped 40 percent in 20 years, the United States still has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The financial and social toll is devastating.
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How One Person Can Build a Better Community
How One Person Can Build a Better Community
Think one person can't make a difference? In 1947, a farmer petitioned his school district to provide bus transportation to all students, not just the white ones. His case evolved into Brown v. Board of Education.
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How Good Teachers Inspire Our Better Angels
How Good Teachers Inspire Our Better Angels
The children in our public schools come from every imaginable and unimaginable situation, but never underestimate the power of a good teacher to make a difference in their lives.
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Will Majority Religions Protect the Rights of All?
Will Majority Religions Protect the Rights of All?
As one pastor tells his local school board, majority religions need to be intentional and proactive about protecting the rights of people of minority faiths or no stated faith.
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Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Disappointed you didn't win a Mega Millions windfall? Join the club. State lotteries have failed to deliver on repeated assurances that they would be a windfall for public schools.
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Georgia Bill Would Expel Undocumented from Colleges
Georgia Bill Would Expel Undocumented from Colleges

Linda Jimenez is a model student. But she and other undocumented immigrants in Georgia would be kicked out of their colleges if a state senator's bill becomes law.

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How Not to Attract Excellent Teachers
How Not to Attract Excellent Teachers
Calling it a biblical principle, an Alabama senator opposes raising teachers' salaries because it will attract people who are not called. But guess who voted for a raise for state lawmakers?
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This Immigrant First-Grader Knows Her Neighbor
This Immigrant First-Grader Knows Her Neighbor
Odds are Paola, an immigrant first-grade student, will suffer from poor nutrition, inadequate health care, an inferior education. But she teaches all of us to love our neighbors.
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Does Your Child's School Have a Ms. Sandra?
Does Your Child's School Have a Ms. Sandra?

Ms. Sandra impacts the lives of hundreds of students at her school every year. She's not a teacher. She's the janitor. Let's be thankful for all the Ms. Sandras in our nation's schools.

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Supreme Court Upholds NYC Ban on Churches in Schools
NEW YORK (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court let stand ruling that bars congregations from using space in New York City schools for worship services.
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One Woman's Quest for Affordable Education in Chile
One Woman's Quest for Affordable Education in Chile
A 23-year-old woman has spearheaded a populist movement to take on Chile's educational and political system. When will Christian universities and churches begin to produce such students?
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British Chaplains: Universities Serve Common Good
British Chaplains: Universities Serve Common Good
A college education means more than getting ready for a career and boosting your personal income, according to a letter from university chaplains in Britain. Universities serve the common good.
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Recognizing Greatness: A First-Grader Learns a New Land
Recognizing Greatness: A First-Grader Learns a New Land
In the first years they are in the United States, immigrant students are both valuable and vulnerable. Many, including some as young as first grade, have mastered two languages to navigate home and school.
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Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Some GOP presidential hopefuls seem to be waging a war on public education, sending dog-whistle messages to the Christian Right that they can count on them to support the teaching of creationism in science classes.
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Tubman's Story Still a Reality for Today's Immigrants
Tubman's Story Still a Reality for Today's Immigrants
As second-graders learn about Harriet Tubman's legacy, one boy's innocent observation is a reminder that Tubman's story is still being lived out by undocumented immigrants throughout the nation.
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Vatican Blasts New York’s Sex Ed Program
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican took a swipe at new sex education classes in New York City schools.
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State Politicians Try to Advance Anti-Evolution Bills
State Politicians Try to Advance Anti-Evolution Bills
State lawmakers from a half-dozen states have proposed anti-evolution bills this year, with several of them claiming their bills would ensure academic freedom and prevent workplace discrimination.
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Supreme Court Takes Dim View of Church-state Challenges
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit program.
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Why Christians Shouldn't Flee From Public Schools
Why Christians Shouldn't Flee From Public Schools
Some segments of the Christian community believe public schools are waging war on their faith. Instead of fleeing, Christians should work with others to provide every child access to the best education possible.
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Pa. School District Takes Street Preacher to Court
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Should a street preacher be banned from approaching students at a bus stop?
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Oregon Releases Policy for Religious Clothing at Schools
(RNS) Oregon state officials released a policy intended to give school districts guidance in applying Oregon’s new law on religious clothing.
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Who Glenn Beck Thinks Environmentalists Worship
Who Glenn Beck Thinks Environmentalists Worship
Glenn Beck's crusade against the environment took a bizarre turn when he recently accused environmentalists of worshipping the weather god of ancient Babylon because they value nature over people.
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Ex-gay Group Ends Support of Students’ Day of Truth
(RNS) A leading “ex-gay” group has ended its role in the annual “Day of Truth” events.
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Poll: Most Americans OK Student Religious Speech
(RNS) A majority of Americans think students should be able to express their religion in public schools.
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School Fees Burden Congolese Families in Poverty
School Fees Burden Congolese Families in Poverty
In the Congolese city of Butembo, where about 75 percent of the people live on less than $2 a day, school fees burden families and make it harder to escape poverty.
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El Salvador's Religious Leaders Oppose Bible Readings in School
El Salvador's Religious Leaders Oppose Bible Readings in School
In an effort to prevent violence, El Salvador approved a law calling for Bible passages to be read in schools. Religious leaders, however, warned the measure could bring about religious conflict.
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Mural's Ethnic Diversity Draws Politician's Ire
Mural's Ethnic Diversity Draws Politician's Ire
An elected official in an Arizona community took offense at a school mural featuring different ethnic children, questioning why the biggest picture was a black person. But, as the councilman tells it, that doesn't make him racist.
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Falsifying American History in Jesus' Name
Falsifying American History in Jesus' Name
The Texas State Board of Education's effort to distort history is only the latest scheme to portray America as a Christian nation that must reclaim its original covenant. Too bad they preach a false message.
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Pastor: Public Education Can Be Redeemed
Pastor: Public Education Can Be Redeemed
As part of a church series on social issues, a former judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, who's now a pastor, addressed educational issues for African-Americans in the South.
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What Arizona Taught Me about School Today
What Arizona Taught Me about School Today
Efforts at so-called educational and immigration reforms in Arizona have rightly brought about protests of racism and prejudice. Still, perhaps we should thank Arizona for a valuable lesson.
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SBC's Anti-Public School Crusade is Off Course
SBC's Anti-Public School Crusade is Off Course
The Southern Baptist Convention is criticizing public schools as bastions of anti-Christian attitudes and urging churches to foster private schools or home schooling. It is past time for the SBC to reverse its course.
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Arizona Hikes Taxes to Save Public Education, Other States Lay Off Teachers
Arizona Hikes Taxes to Save Public Education, Other States Lay Off Teachers
Speaking up for tax increases for public education is the right and hard thing to do. If the conservative state of Arizona can do it, then other states can do it – no matter how loudly the conservative forces of "no we can't" yell.
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SBC's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Pushes Christian Academies, Home Schooling
SBC's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Pushes Christian Academies, Home Schooling
Missing from criticism about the final report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, intended to reorganize the stagnant Southern Baptist Convention, is concern about the statement's anti-public school agenda.
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Funding Public Education is Vital to Democracy
Funding Public Education is Vital to Democracy
School districts across the country have fallen short of budget expectations and many are looking at reducing the number of teachers on staff. We must invest in public education. Our democracy depends on it.
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Revisionism 101: What the Civil War Was About
Revisionism 101: What the Civil War Was About
With its proposal to include Jefferson Davis' inaugural address with Abraham Lincoln's speeches, the Texas Board of Education seems to be aligned with those who claim the Civil War wasn't about slavery.
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Texas Adopts Controversial Education Standards
Texas Adopts Controversial Education Standards
Conservatives on the Texas Board of Education pushed through controversial new education standards that will impact what school children across the nation learn about history and economics.
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A Lesson of Love Amid Racial Hatred
A Lesson of Love Amid Racial Hatred
As a 12-year-old, I couldn't fathom the uproar desegregation caused. My church barred blacks from entering. A mob gathered at my school. But my mother, who drove the school bus, provided the best lesson.
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Will Bible Classes Work in Public Schools?
Will Bible Classes Work in Public Schools?
If a Kentucky bill to allow Bible courses in schools becomes law, two outcomes are likely. Christians will not approve of a true academic study of the Bible, or classes will favor certain religious views over others.
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Kindergarten Lesson Can Teach Us All about Unity
Kindergarten Lesson Can Teach Us All about Unity
A Muslim woman, filling in for a Christian woman, taught children in a Texas classroom about Hanukkah. It's an example all of us need to see, not just kindergarteners.
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Why Do Some Parents View Our President with Fear?
Why Do Some Parents View Our President with Fear?
Parents pull their children from school so they aren't exposed to President Obama's speech. A Baptist pastor in Arizona prays for the president's death. What fuels such fear and hatred?
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Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Why is there such unhinged anger toward and paranoia about President Obama speaking to school children? Have the racist sins of the fathers finally visited the children?
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Southern Baptists Continue Crusade Against Public Schools
Southern Baptists Continue Crusade Against Public Schools
Southern Baptists have moved to the right in their critique of public education. One video, featuring three Southern Baptists, urges the rescue of children from "pagan, godless schools" and uses footage of Hitler and Nazis.
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Southern Baptist Convention Top Exec Boosts Anti-Public School Agenda
Southern Baptist Convention Top Exec Boosts Anti-Public School Agenda
The Southern Baptist Convention's chief executive officer advocates the launch of a Christian alternative to public education. Rather than retreat from public education, however, goodwill Baptists must speak up for public schools.
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Christians Have No Reason to Fear Public Education
Christians Have No Reason to Fear Public Education
Many parents, especially Christians, are convinced that public schools are waging war on their values. While some have turned to home schooling, a case can be made for Christians to keep their children in public schools.
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Columbine Was Never About Christian Persecution
Columbine Was Never About Christian Persecution
Ten years after the Columbine High School massacre, the shootings have become part of conservative evangelical culture war mythology. However, much of what we heard and much of what we as evangelicals told ourselves simply was not true.
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Christians and Public Education
The Baptist Center for Ethics helps faith communities take thoughtful, informed actions in support of public education.
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Anti-Public School Movement Campaigns with ‘Dunkirk’ Imagery
A group dedicated to getting Christians to leave public schools has launched a new offensive. This time, it’s “A Call to Dunkirk.”
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Proposed 2007 SBC Resolution Seeks to Boost 'Exodus' Agenda
The call for an "exodus" from public schools continues to gain momentum in the Southern Baptist Convention, according to sponsors of a resolution being proposed at this summer's SBC annual meeting in San Antonio.
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NEA President Terms Education/Faith Summit 'Beginning of Something Big'
The head of the nation's largest teacher union hailed a summit meeting for clergy and educators initiated by the Baptist Center for Ethics an historic first step toward building bridges between public schools and people of faith.
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Public Education Has Advocate with Mercer University's First Lady
As first lady of Mercer University, Lesli Underwood is most closely identified with Christian higher education. But she also is a strong advocate for public schools.
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Texas Pastor Honored for Support of Public Schools
A Houston school district recently honored a Baptist pastor in large part for his support of a pastoral letter supporting public education issued this spring by the Baptist Center for Ethics.
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Sexual Politics Mar Meeting of Teacher Union
The American Family Association is reporting that the National Education Association has voted to endorse gay marriage, while officials with the teacher union maintain the group has no position on the subject and accuse the religious right of trying to create unrest within the 2.8-million-member NEA.
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Southern Baptists Plot Takeover of Public Schools, Observer Says
Failure to report a Southern Baptist Convention resolution calling for an exit strategy from public schools is not an affirmation of public education, but rather a strategic shift aimed at controlling the school system instead of withdrawing, according to a moderate leader.
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201 Baptist Ministers Sign Letter Supporting Public Education
More than 200 signatures are on a Baptist Center for Ethics pastoral letter supporting public education issued three weeks ago.
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Faithful Support For Public Education
Public education has been under assault for some time now from segments of the Christian community. That's why it is all the more amazing to learn that a Baptist entity has decided that instead of attacking public schools and undermining the morale of teachers and administrators, why not affirm the work of those who teach our children, and ask God to bless their efforts.
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Public Education a Cornerstone of American Democracy
America's noble experiment--universal education for all citizens--is a cornerstone of our democracy.
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Concerns About the 'Exodus' Movement
As a father of two students enrolled in a public school, I have become increasingly alarmed by anti-public school rhetoric. Most of that talk is coming from Christian groups. I would like to share my concerns, but a bit of biography is necessary to explain my passions and possible prejudices.
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Teachers' Union Fights Back at '20/20' Report
The head of the nation's largest teachers' union has asked ABC News for equal time to rebut last Friday's "20/20" program, which portrayed public schools as a government-run monopoly that is cheating kids out of a quality education.
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Baptist Newspaper Calls for Education Resolution
A Baptist editor says it is time for the Southern Baptist Convention to make a "positive, comprehensive statement" on Christian schools, but stopped short of endorsing a call for investigating homosexual influences in public schools.
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'The Harsh Truth About Public Schools'
Bruce Shortt's book about public schools is endorsed by TV preacher James Kennedy; Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Seminary; and Southern Baptist fundamentalist leader Paul Pressler.
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Christian-Education Supporters Criticize Anti-Public School Resolution
A resolution calling for Southern Baptists to exit public schools could face an uphill battle, if supporters of church- and home-based education attending a meeting in one state are any indication.
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Government Funding for Abstinence Education Reaches All-Time High
Government funding for abstinence education is at an all-time high, reaching $120 million this year.
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New Book Explores the Intersection of Education and Religion
In his book, Education, Religion, and the Public Good, Martin Marty addresses the intersection of religion and education. This book, and an earlier volume rose out of Marty's work with the Public Religion Project for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
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