It Takes a Village To Keep Kids In School

To Keep Kids in School, Look at HomePoliticians and educators have been trying to keep students from dropping out for years. Now a study from Johns Hopkins University suggests we need to focus outside the classroom to keep kids in. (more…)

The History and Future of Marriage Equality (With Maps)

The map of marriage equality in the U.S. is changing so fast, it’s hard to keep up. The Supreme Court denied certiorari (hearings) to the 5 states before it on Monday, October 6 2014, and the 9th Circuit struck down the bans in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. That brings the total number of states where gay marriage is now or will soon be legal to 35. Here’s how we got there. (more…)

Abercrombie Goes to the Supreme Court over Religious Discrimination

Can wearing a hijab lose you a job? At Abercrombie it can.Imagine your boss telling you to take off your cross necklace or go home. Or wearing your religious headscarf to an interview and having it cost you the job. Would you be angry? For one Muslim woman, the issue was serious enough to take it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. (more…)

Foolish Teen Could Get 2 Years for Humping Jesus Statue

Teen gets 2 years for humping Jesus statue

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Teens do strange things to get attention sometimes. But in a recent Pennsylvania case, one 14 year old’s antics landed him 2 years in juvenile detention. What did he do? He posted a picture on Facebook of himself simulating oral sex with a kneeling Jesus statue. (more…)

A Constitutional Right to Makeup?

A Constitutional Right to Makeup?What if someone told you to remove your makeup before a photo? Would you do it? What if that person was issuing your driver’s license? That was what happened to Chase Culpepper, 16-year-old new driver in South Carolina. But could Chase’s objection be a constitutional violation? (more…)

2 Rulings, 1 Week: A Summary of the Gay Marriage Debate

7th Circuit, Louisiana rule on gay marriageThe last week has been busy for gay marriage advocates. On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, a federal district court judge in Louisiana became the first since US v. Windsor, to uphold a gay marriage ban. The very next day, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Indiana’s and Wisconsin’s bans. The two opinions provide a clear review of the debate. (more…)

What Teachers Can Do To Reduce Suspensions

What can teachers do to improve discipline?School has started here in Michigan, and teachers are facing a whole new set of students, problems, and disciplinary challenges. But is there anything teachers can do to cut down on the number of suspensions handed out by their district? (more…)

While Michigan Waits, 7th Circuit Hammers Gay Marriage Ban

7th Circuit hears gay marriage cases, gives advocates reason to cheerIt as a good day for marriage equality last Thursday, August 28, 2014. Judges in the 7th Circuit put Illinois’ Solicitor General through his paces, demanding a factual basis for the state’s same-sex marriage ban. (more…)

Student Arrested For Writing About Shooting a Dinosaur

Student Arrested for creative writing assignment about shooting a dinosaurThe school year has just started down in Summerville South Carolina, but the questionable student arrests have already begun. The local high school had a 16 year old arrested for writing about shooting his neighbor’s dinosaur in a class assignment. (more…)

Marriage Equality Hits the 6th Circuit Court

Last Wednesday, August 6, 2014, The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals heard 6 back-to-back cases that together could change the face of gay marriage across the Midwest. (more…)