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My $1000 Bet: No Teacher is Going to Be Shot at Holding a Bulletproof Whiteboard in 2014

As I noted yesterday, the latest report on school violence from the Bureau of Justice Statistics has been released. As the data in that report show, the in-school homicide rate in 2010-2011 was 0.00002%; in other words, a child’s chance of being killed in school during that year was 1 in 4.5 million.

To […]

While Gun Deaths Decline and Schools Remain Safe, Americans Flip Out

The National Rifle Association has been using the death of a small number of children to try and mandate the use of armed guards in every school across the country. Not coincidentally for a group funded by gun manufacturers, that would require school districts everywhere to buy a large number of guns. But is such […]

18 Democrats Join Push For Student Non-Discrimination Act

You may note that, despite all the talk about Republicans shifting their positions to accept the new reality that Americans accept equality on the basis of sexual orientation, there is not yet a single Republican co-sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act. […]

Lagging Democratic Support For Student Non-Discrimination Act In Congress

The first time the Student Non-Discrimination Act was introduced, it had 171 cosponsors. Now, the number of cosponsors is down to 120. […]

Armed Guards in School? Fact Check: Kids are Safer in School than out of School

In the Bangor Daily News of December 20 2012, Daniel Patterson of Presque Isle Maine writes that armed guards should be posted in all public schools:

“We need armed guards where masses of people, especially children, gather because crazed gunmen target masses of people. I know we might not like the image of soldiers at […]

Gingrich Wants To Imprison Judges Who Refuse To Force Religion In Schools

The ruling made perfect sense to those Americans who are familiar with the First Amendment of the Constitution. Newt Gingrich, however, thinks it’s an outrage that public schools aren’t used to promote Christianity on the public dime. So, he wants Judge Biery hauled off to prison. […]

Canadian Catholic Censorship Gone Wild!

The Bishop Marrocco-Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School issued an invitation to comic Dawn Whitwell to participate in its new anti-bullying program, but revoked the invitation yesterday, after it found out that Whitwell is a lesbian. […]

Pope Benedict Calls Religious Freedom “Anti-Clericalism”

Pope Benedict has been complaining this week about the “Anti-Clericalism” in the country of Spain. Specifically, he’s upset that the government of Spain no longer requires its schoolkids to take lessons in how to be a faithful Catholic in the Spanish public schools. If Pope Benedict must insist that anything less than mandatory religious education […]

Say it in your community: Sexual Orientation Bullying has Got to Stop

You don’t have to be gay or lesbian to suffer from bullying on the basis of sexual orientation.

I’m not gay, but when I started high school, I was bookish and tried out for plays and was shy around girls, and so a set of jocks decided that I was gay. In swim class, they […]

As Schools Close, Catholic Organizations Spend Wildly to Stop Equal Rights

As stories appear in Catholic and secular newspapers bemoaning the closings of Catholic schools, remember that Catholic organizations chose to spend millions of dollars to preserve legal discrimination in the United States of America. The Catholic group Knights of Columbus spent $1.2 million to outlaw same-sex marriage in California in 2008, making it the biggest […]

1/2 of GOP Candidates for Governor of Maine Would Put Creationism in Public Schools

They say the Republican Party in Maine is pretty darned liberal. But what do the Republican Party candidates for Governor say for themselves? In a televised debate on May 27 2010, Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Jennifer Rooks asked each of the GOP candidates for Governor of Maine the following question in the debate’s lightning round:

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