Many states today are following Vermont’s lead and moving toward greater school choice for families, especially after parents have had a firsthand look at public education during the recent pandemic. Ironically, Vermont’s ruling class is considering dismantling our unique system to prevent a few tuition students from selecting religious schools.
“VISA is committed to working with the legislature to support passage of a law requiring all schools receiving public funds to comply with a nondiscrimination law,” said VISA Executive Director Mill Moore.
For Americans who have watched the weakening of the rule of law here at home, the obligation to tell, and to hear the Passover story is a useful warning. Without our Constitution, our ways, institutions and freedom itself are at risk.
A bill that puts “guardrails” around tuitioning to religious independent schools and expands dual enrollment passed the Senate after a long gestation in the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Courts have ruled recently that religious schools must be included in voucher programs that are made available to other non-public schools. This has raised concern among many educators and politicians that using taxpayer dollars may involve religious indoctrination.
The Burlington Catholic Diocese and two families with children attending Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland have filed a federal lawsuit against AOE Secretary French, and the Superintendent and School Directors of the Barstow School District seeking access to public tuition funds.
Lawmakers in the Senate Committee on Education on Friday passed a bill 6-0 that would restrict public funds going to some independent and religious schools.
The requirement that special education services be provided at all approved independent schools accepting public funds may be postponed once again. Also, S.219 would prohibit tuitioning to any school not in compliance with federal and State antidiscrimination laws.
Today’s leftist extremism seeks to morph established religious freedoms such that “separation of church and state” means not a government tolerance, but elimination, of all religions (particularly Christianity) from all public spaces.
Many thousands of Americans are seeking religious exemptions to vaccine mandates, citing reports that some of the vaccines were developed using aborted fetal cell lines. Objectors also cite anxieties over the vaccines’ effects on fertility, and distaste for authoritarian government mandates.
Medical professionals are suing President Joe Biden’s administration over a mandate requiring doctors to perform transgender surgeries in violation of their religious beliefs or medical judgement.
Churches and synagogues in New Hampshire were shut down during the pandemic, as the state limited public gatherings due to COVID-19. But a new law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu on Wednesday will prevent the state or local governments from shutting them down during future public health emergencies.