Latest Religion in schools News

Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer

Jun. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside...

Court: Local Wisconsin heath departments can't close schools

Jun. 11, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that local health departments do not have the authority to close schools due to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic, delivering a win to private and religious schools that challenged a Dane County order. ...

Senate passes bill protecting athletes' religious expression

Jun. 09, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Schools and school sports regulators could no longer require advance waivers or otherwise restrict participants’ religious apparel unless it causes a “legitimate danger” for fellow competitors, under legislation approved by the Ohio Senate Wednesday. ...

Coaches ousted after player says he was forced to eat pork

Jun. 04, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The head football coach at an Ohio high school and six other coaches there have been ousted after a football player said he was forced him to eat pork in violation of his religious beliefs for missing a voluntary workout. The Canton City Board of...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jun. 02, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

Albany Times Union. June 2, 2021. Editorial: Stop the gunfire The gun violence Albany is experience this year is part of a national problem that demands, among other things, stronger federal gun control laws. THE ISSUE: ...

Teen says coaches forced him to eat pork despite beliefs

Jun. 02, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for an Ohio high school football player who says coaches forced him to eat pork in violation of his religious beliefs for missing a voluntary workout has announced plans to sue the school district. Canton McKinley head football coach...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 26, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. May 20, 2021. Editorial: Mayor Kenney is responsible for making new MOVE investigation the last one Philly needs Mayor Jim Kenney said this week he wants his administration to be the first to “get to the bottom of everything...

Schmitt lawsuit challenges St. Louis Co. COVID restrictions

May. 11, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging St. Louis County’s COVID-19 restrictions, citing concerns about their impact on religion, education and the freedom of residents. The lawsuit filed in St....

Connecticut ends its state religious vaccine exemption

Apr. 28, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

Connecticut will no longer allow a religious exemption from childhood immunization requirements for schools, colleges and day care facilities, becoming the sixth state to end that policy. The legislation was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Ned Lamont, hours after the...

Washington University in St. Louis to require COVID vaccine

Apr. 28, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University in St. Louis has become the latest college to announce plans to require students to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus this fall. KMOX-AM reports that the school says faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get...