Equality For All

Unaccountable by Design

1 Corporate Contributions/Tax Credits, Florida Department of Education, Choice Office.

2 Kimberly Miller, "Voucher Schools to Answer Questions," Palm Beach Post, August 14, 2003.

3 Corporate Contributions/Tax Credits, Florida Department of Education, Choice Office.

Replicating Failure: Colorado Vouchers Mimic Other States' Mistakes

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.

Voucher Victory in Colorado!

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.

Download a .pdf of our report on CO vouchers - Replicating Failure

Senators Introduce First-Ever Constitutional Amendment to Require Discrimination

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.

Funding a Movement

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.

Senate Discards Private School Vouchers

The Senate has eliminated an experimental private school voucher program from legislation funding District of Columbia public schools and other city operations

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Recognized Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry

Ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Health Rejects Notion of
“Gay Exception” to State Constitution’s Declaration of Rights

Victory in Massachusetts! Highest State Court Recognizes Right to Same-Sex Marriages

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.

Major General Robert Clark: Promoted

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.

"Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003" Unconstitutional

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.

Prop. 54 Defeated in California!

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.

House Passes DC Voucher Amendment Despite Local Opposition

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.

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