Latest Religion in schools News

Correction: Reckoning-Where Are They Now story

Nov. 27, 2019 4:25 PM EST

In a story sent Oct. 4 and 5 about clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse living with little to no oversight from authorities, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Massachusetts does not have a public database of teacher licenses. The state added a...

Rabbis urge teaching of empathy to counteract religious hate

Nov. 25, 2019 5:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise worldwide, schools should take steps to teach empathy as an antidote to racism and religious hatred, several rabbis attending an international conference said. The religious leaders praised a pilot project in El Paso, Texas, that...

Suit: School officials in Tennessee county push Christianity

Nov. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two atheist families are suing a Tennessee school system, claiming district officials there promote Christianity. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville by the American Civil Liberties Union. It claims Smith County school officials engage in...

US growth of Islam creates need for religious scholars

Nov. 4, 2019 4:30 PM EST

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Imam Mohammad Qazwini's deep understanding of Islam and his formal training at a seminary in the holy city of Qom, Iran, draws students to this suburban Detroit classroom just off the large prayer room of a mosque. But there's another attraction. The Quran, Islam's holy book,...

Teacher accused of segregating students on political beliefs

Nov. 2, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

FOUR OAKS, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina school officials are investigating a Spanish teacher who has been accused of segregating students based on their religious and political beliefs. WNCN-TV reports that Johnston County Public Schools confirmed that South Johnston High School Spanish teacher Julia Lopp...

Lawsuit: Muslim boy questioned at Ohio school about religion

Oct. 29, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The parents of a 10-year-old Muslim boy who said he was questioned by an Ohio student teacher about his patriotism and religious beliefs and was told to undress to determine if he had been physically abused at home have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the boy's civil rights were violated...