While a recent court ruling has halted the Colorado voucher plan for now, the program -- the first in the nation after a Supreme Court decision cleared vouchers -- stands to make the same mistakes and permit the same abuse as many other voucher schemes.
In a victory for public school students in Colorado, a state district court declared a $5000 private school voucher program unconstitutional. The Colorado law was the first of its kind since the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly decided such programs do not violate U.S. Constitution. The Colorado court found that the voucher legislation was unconstitutional under the state constitution.
Just before the Senate adjourned for Thanksgiving, three senators introduced what would be the first constitutional amendment in the nation’s history to require discrimination and to restrict the civil rights of a targeted group of people.
Your money is funding education privatization!
A PFAW analysis of U.S. Department of Education grantmaking reveals a steady stream of public funds to support school privatization. PFAW has uncovered a pattern of major — and at times unsolicited — grants made to a small cadre of pro-voucher private advocacy groups amounting to over $75 million.
The Senate has eliminated an experimental private school voucher program from legislation funding District of Columbia public schools and other city operations
Ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Health Rejects Notion of
“Gay Exception” to State Constitution’s Declaration of Rights
Ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health Rejects “Gay Exception” to State Constitution’s Rights
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has recognized the inherent discrimination in denying equal marriage rights to same-sex couples. Rulings like this one and the decision earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning state sodomy laws demonstrate America’s progress toward equal rights for all.
Under General’s Command, Unchecked Harassment Ended in Anti-Gay Murder of Soldier
On Tuesday, the full U.S. Senate promoted Major General Robert T. Clark to the rank of Lieutenant General in command of the Fifth U.S. Army, expanding his command responsibilities. Now that General Robert Clark has been given even greater responsibility, we call on him and on Army leadership to ensure that anti-gay harassment, hostility and violence will not be tolerated.
In defiance of a Supreme Court ruling striking down a Nebraska ban on so-called “partial birth abortion,” President Bush today signed into law a similar measure known as the “Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003.” Ralph G. Neas, president of People For the American Way, said the bill contains language that is so broad it could forbid some safe and common abortion procedures available to women and that it sets the stage for further encroachments on reproductive freedom.
Health Research and Civil Rights Winners
Californians' resounding rejection of Proposition 54 was a remarkable victory for progressives in California and a decisive defeat for Ward Connerly’s longstanding campaign to ban all government consideration of race and ethnicity. PFAW was proud to play a major role in getting the "No On 54" message out before election day.
The House today passed an amendment to create a publicly funded, experimental voucher program for the District of Columbia public schools. The amendment passed 205-203.
Cornyn hearing likely to elevate bigotry and political grandstanding over basic principles of fairness, equality under the law
The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the Bush administration’s plan to create a publicly funded voucher program for the District of Columbia public schools. People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas said public education and civil rights advocates would continue to fight the voucher bill in the House of Representatives, where there is significant bipartisan opposition to the plan, and on the floor of the Senate.