Tag: Private and Sectarian Schools

As the Supreme Court Gets Back to Work, Five Big Cases to Watch

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to start a term that will be studded with major cases on gay and transgender rights, immigration, abortion, guns and religion. The rulings will arrive by June, in the midst of an already divisive presidential campaign. That will thrust a court that has tried […]

Read More

Virginia Girl Recants Story of Boys Cutting Off Her Dreadlocks

It was a story bound to unleash a storm of news coverage: A black 12-year-old girl reported that three white boys had pinned her down in a school playground and cut off her dreadlocks. It was the same private Christian school in Virginia where the vice president’s wife was a part-time teacher, which only fueled […]

Read More

Black Virginia Girl Says White Classmates Cut Her Dreadlocks on Playground

The police in Northern Virginia are investigating a report by a black 12-year-old girl that three white boys in her grade held her down, covered her mouth and cut off lengths of her dreadlocks on a playground at their private Christian school. The girl, Amari Allen, who is in sixth grade, and her family said […]

Read More

At School, ‘Everyone Vapes,’ and Adults Are in Crisis Mode

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — In Alabama, a school removed the doors from bathroom stalls to stop students from sneaking inside to vape. In Colorado, a school decided to forfeit a school volleyball game after finding “widespread vaping” and other infractions by the team. And in Pennsylvania, at a school where administrators have tried installing sensors […]

Read More

Religious Crusaders at the Supreme Court’s Gates

The Supreme Court’s decision in last term’s big religion case, on the constitutionality of a Latin cross that stands 40 feet tall on public land in Bladensburg, Md., left both sides in the religion wars unsatisfied. The court’s several opinions, adding up to seven votes to keep the cross in place, disappointed the secularists who […]

Read More

His Family Had Money. Mine Didn’t.

Toffee Dating is an app recently launched in the U.K., aimed exclusively at those who went to private schools, because, according to the founders, “we know people from similar backgrounds are likely to stick together.” My first thought was: How completely unnecessary. The private school bubble is closed enough as it is. I know because […]

Read More

Jeffrey Epstein Taught at Dalton. His Behavior Was Noticed.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In the mid-1970s, students at one of New York’s most esteemed prep schools were surprised to encounter a new teacher who pushed the limits on the school’s strict dress code, wandering the halls in a fur coat, gold chains […]

Read More

The Late Bloomer: Learning About the Birds and Bees in College

I looked him square in the eye and thought, “I’m ready for The Talk.” He was not my father, and I was not a boy about to reach puberty. He was my college science professor. I was 24. I had taken my last science class 10 years earlier, in 10th grade. The Orthodox Jewish community […]

Read More

Indianapolis Catholic School Fires Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage, at Archbishop’s Request

A Catholic high school in Indianapolis said it fired a teacher in a same-sex marriage on Sunday to protect its “Catholic identity” after it received an order to do so from the archbishop. The move came one week after the archdiocese cut ties with another school in Indianapolis that had refused a similar command. The […]

Read More

Jesuit School, Defying Archdiocese, Refuses to Remove Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage

A Jesuit preparatory school in Indiana has refused to fire a teacher who is in a same-sex marriage, prompting the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to say that it would break its ties with the school, officials said Thursday. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School learned recently that the archbishop of Indianapolis, Charles C. Thompson, would issue a decree […]

Read More

Nicholas Sparks Apologizes for Anti-Gay Comments in 2013 Emails

The writer Nicholas Sparks, whose string of best-selling novels-turned-films includes “The Notebook,” apologized Monday for comments he made in 2013 that appeared to express hostility toward homosexuality and to oppose the creation of a club for gay students at a prep school he founded in North Carolina. The comments were in emails published last week […]

Read More

Bastion of Anti-Vaccine Fervor: Progressive Waldorf Schools

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. — The mother of an unvaccinated child here in the New York suburbs says eating papaya helps to combat measles. The father of another child who has not been immunized believes that big pharmaceutical companies are […]

Read More

She Left the Education Dept. for Groups It Curbed. Now She’s Back, With Plans.

WASHINGTON — Depending on whom you ask, Diane Auer Jones has returned to the Education Department with either a mission or a vengeance. A little more than a decade ago she resigned as an assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the George W. Bush administration, after protesting the department’s treatment of an accreditor that oversaw […]

Read More

Jenny Slate Will Give a Graduation Speech to a Class of One

On Cuttyhunk Island, a tiny place just off Cape Cod, the only graduating eighth grader, Gwen Lynch, is the talk of the town. Gwen’s graduation ceremony from Cuttyhunk Elementary on June 17 will include a speech by a celebrity: Jenny Slate, best known for her role on “Parks and Recreation” and as the voice of […]

Read More

Stabbing of 17 Children Shocks Japan, Where Parents Trust Streets Are Safe

KAWASAKI, Japan — Every morning across Japan, parents say goodbye to their children and send them off to school. Students as young as 6, dressed in easily identifiable uniforms and shouldering boxy leather backpacks, travel to school on their own, their families secure in the knowledge that Japan is one of the safest countries in […]

Read More