Tag: Private and Sectarian Schools

Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits on State Aid to Religious Schools

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states may not exclude religious schools from programs that provide scholarships to students attending private schools. The decision was the latest in a series of Supreme Court rulings interpreting the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion to bar the government from treating religious groups differently […]

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Assaulted at 15, a Writer Looks Back and Comes Forward

There are so many upsetting things about the assault Lacy Crawford suffered in 1990, when she was 15 and a junior at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, but one of the most upsetting is how commonplace she believes it was. “This may sound disingenuous, but I don’t think my assault is particularly interesting,” she […]

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Chapin, Brearley and Spence Schools Accused of Racist Culture by Alumni

Stories of racism faced by black students at New York City’s top private schools were once largely limited to whisper networks among alumni. But over the last few weeks, many of the often harrowing testimonies have been made public by graduates of Chapin, Brearley and Spence, among others, all some of the nation’s most prestigious […]

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Charter Schools, Some With Billionaire Benefactors, Tap Coronavirus Relief

WASHINGTON — Charter schools, including some with healthy cash balances and billionaire backers like Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates, have quietly accepted millions of dollars in emergency coronavirus relief from a fund created to help struggling small businesses stay afloat. Since their inception, charter schools have straddled the line between public schools and private entities. […]

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The Constitutional Separation of Church and State Faces Demise

The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This has long been thought to prohibit direct government support for religion. The contours of that idea have been contested, and they have contracted over time. But the commitment to some form of separation of church and state […]

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Risky Strategy by Many Private Colleges Leaves Them Exposed

ImageMount Ida College in Newton, Mass., in 2018, the year the college closed because of financial troubles. In the wake of the pandemic, many private colleges may share its fate.Credit…Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe, via Associated Press Will my college go bankrupt? It’s something many prospective college students want to know, as Nick Ducoff and […]

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DeVos Plans to Force Public Schools Share Aid With Private Ones

Ms. DeVos announced the measure in a letter to the Council of Chief State School Officers, which represents state education chiefs, defending her position on how education funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, should be spent. “The CARES Act is a special, pandemic-related appropriation to benefit all American […]

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The Supreme Court Hears Two Important Religion Cases

Every Supreme Court decision tells a story, its author attempting to marshal the facts and the law in such a way as to make the conclusion appear not only obvious but inevitable. A divided decision will tell two or more competing stories, which is why I usually read dissenting opinions first. That way, by the […]

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DeVos Funnels Coronavirus Relief Funds to Favored Private and Religious Schools

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is using the $2 trillion coronavirus stabilization law to throw a lifeline to education sectors she has long championed, directing millions of federal dollars intended primarily for public schools and colleges to private and religious schools. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, signed in late March, included […]

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Supreme Court Takes On Employment Bias at Religious Schools

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday on how broadly federal employment discrimination laws apply to schools run by churches in two cases that will give the court another opportunity to rule on the proper relationship between church and state, a topic that has deeply engaged the justices. The cases, which involve teachers […]

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The Coronavirus Is Widening the Class Divide in Education

For Rachel Warach’s class, the 133rd morning of first grade, numbered on a poster board behind her, was similar to all of the previous mornings. Her students from across Chicago spent 15 minutes working quietly on math problems and writing in their journals. They split into small reading groups, with Ms. Warach bouncing between them […]

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Think Twice, Mnuchin Tells Prep Schools Seeking Virus Loans

As a number of elite private preparatory schools consider taking federal stimulus loans, they received a stark warning on Friday that they risked invoking the ire of the country’s top financial official. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a post on Twitter, instructed wealthy schools that had accepted the loans to give them back. “It has […]

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Elite Prep Schools, Set Back by Virus, Face a Quandary on Federal Aid

The Latin School of Chicago, which has counted the Illinois governor’s children among its students, returned the money. Sidwell Friends in Washington, the alma mater of President Obama’s daughters, decided to keep it. So did others, like St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Md., where President Trump’s youngest son is a student. Across the country, […]

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Will the Supreme Court Protect ‘Ministers’ From Their Church?

The Supreme Court, now even more invisible than usual, may seem beside the point these days, although we saw from the batch of opinions handed down on Monday that the justices are still at work. The 11 cases that were fully briefed and ready for argument this week and next will be heard eventually. I […]

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The Manhattan Private School That Tore Itself Apart

Six days before Christmas, the headmaster of St. Bernard’s, the 116-year-old boys’ school on the Upper East Side, sent a letter to parents announcing that he would retire in the spring of 2021. For an institution profoundly rooted in its own traditions and protocols and rarely trafficking in the unexpected, the news had a jolting […]

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: Thousands of Students Face Shuttered Schools

Parents, students and educators across New York on Monday morning grappled with the growing possibility that more schools would need to close in what would be the most disruptive measure yet in the local effort to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Thousands of students at suburban public schools and private universities discovered Sunday that their schools […]

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Charter Schools in Surprise Political Fight as Trump and Democrats Turn Away

WASHINGTON — Public charter schools — caught between growing Democratic disenchantment and a Trump administration shift toward private schools — are preparing for political battle, as the long-protected education sector finds itself on the verge of abandonment. Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, proposed major changes this month to a federal education fund that for decades […]

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School Choice Logic Doesn’t Apply Here. Does the Supreme Court Get That?

Scrutinizing the avuncular sphinx Chief Justice John Roberts throughout the impeachment trial of President Trump, I kept wondering whether he will preserve or ransack the legacy of the framers we revere — framers like the Republican Betty Babcock and the Democrat Dorothy Eck. It’s the question on all Americans’ minds: Do Mr. Roberts and his […]

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The Supreme Court’s Collapsing Center on Religion

Every Supreme Court case tells a story. Both sides vie to persuade the justices — and, in big cases, the public as well — to see the issues through one particular narrative lens. Heading into last week’s argument on whether Montana was obliged by the federal Constitution to keep subsidizing religious-school tuition under a scholarship […]

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Allow Some State Aid to Religious Schools

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed poised to rule that states may not exclude religious schools from state programs that provide scholarships to students attending private schools. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., looking none the worse for wear following a late night presiding over the impeachment trial of President Trump, seemed to […]

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