2011 Issues

December

December 21, 2011 – Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Alert

December 16, 2011 – Oral Arguments Offered in Proposition 8 Case, Values Amendments Included in National Defense Authorization Bill, Initiative Effort to Repeal SB 48, Supreme Court Declines NYC Church Case, “Plan B” Rejected by HHS Director

December 9, 2011 – NCLB Waiver Update, Civic Engagement Ends Walter Reed Bible Ban, REINS Act Update, Committee Investigates HHS Grant Politicization, Pro-life Bill Hearing

December 2, 2011 – Michigan Anti-bullying Measure Passes Legislature, House Holds Education Research Hearing, New York Same-Sex Marriage Suit to Proceed, Proposition 8 Case Update, Liberty Council Debuts Christmas List, Candada Resists Legalization of Polygamy, California Bible Study Case Resolved

November

November 18, 2011 – National Legislative Conference Yields Results, NCLB Waiver Applicants Announced, Iowa Family Forum, Religious Staffing Victory, Operation Ultrasound Update, “Constituting America” Contest

November 11, 2011 – Veterans Day Proclamation 2011, Senate Hearing on ESEA Reauthorization, Montana Adopts Common Core Standards, Bullying Policies Raise Serious Concerns, New Jersey Hospital Forces Nurses to Violate Conscience

November 4, 2011 – Lawmakers Seek to Include Bullying in ESEA Reauthorization, NAEP Results Released, Senate Committee Considers Repeal of DOMA, House Reaffirms National Motto, Illinois Adoption Agencies Closed by Civil Union Law

October

October 28, 2011 – Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Applicant Update, HELP Committee Member Reflects on ESEA, Houston National Cemetery Case Decision, FRC Action Values Bus Tour, Parental Rights v. Public Education

October 21, 2011 – ESEA Reauthorization Plan Faces Opposition, Texas Officials Seek to Curtail Christian Activities, Supreme Court Considers Religious Liberty Case, Christmas Displays Under Fire

October 14, 2011 – Senate Unveils ESEA Reauthorization Plan, Pro-life Measure to Receive House Vote, New York Clerks Forced to Violate Conscience or Lose Job, Christian College Groups Face Discrimination, California Consent Controversy

October 7, 2011 – AACS Legislative Director Participates in “Dialogue with Arne Duncan”, Utah Breaks the Mold, Arizona Pro-Life Law Stands, Alabama Supreme Court Gives Legal Recognition to Unborn Child, First Amendment Victory for Schoolchildren

September

September 30, 2011 – President Announces NCLB Relief Program, North Carolina Marriage Amendment Update, Adminstration Overrides New Hampshire Vote, District of Columbia Introduces Nation’s First Standardized Sexual Education Testing, Fourth Circuit Bans Country Council Invocation

September 12-14, 2011 – National Legislative Conference Report

September 9, 2011 – Athiests Fight to Exclude Ground Zero Cross, Health and Human Services Mandates Abortion Coverage, Pro-life Group Faces Free Speech Lawsuit, Ohio School Choice, North Carolina Marriage Amendment

September 2, 2011 – Race to the Top Winners Face Challenges, ACLU Wages War Against Internet Filtering, Planned Parenthood Defunding Fight Continues, California College Settles Free Speech Case, New Jersey Anti-Bullying Law Update

August

August 26, 2011 – School Choice in America Assessment, Standards Adoption Unnecessary for NCLB Waiver, Virtual School Trend, Arizona Abortion Regulations Upheld, Religious Liberty Defended in the United Kingdom

August 19, 2011 – Cardus Survey Results Show Benefits of Christian Education, Colorado School Choice Program, Indiana Voucher Program Upheld, Montana NCLB Update, California SB 48 Petition Efforts Advance, NLC Registration

August 12, 2011 – NCLB Waivers, Liberal Groups Oppose Florida Ballot Initiative, DOE Hosts Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools Conference, School Safety in a Post 9/11 World, National Legislative Conference

August 5, 2011 – States Resist NCLB Mandates, National Call to Prayer Ruled Constitutional, Judicial Nominee Article, HHS Ruling on Contraceptives, YLTC Video

July

July 29, 2011 – Common Core Standard Curriculum Pushback, New York Same – Sex Marriage Law Goes Into Effect, Senate Holds Hearing on the Repeal of DOMA, NCLB Left Behind, DADT Update, Tornado Relief Update, AACS 17th Annual YLTC Pictures

July 22, 2011 – AACS 17th Annual Youth Legislative Training Conference, Early Learning Challenge Fund – Race to the Top Applications, House Education Committee Approves ESEA Flexibility Measure, DADT Repeal Update, Pro Life Win in NYC

July 8, 2011 – Liberty Counsel Clients Celebrate the Upholding of Religious Liberities, Pro-Life Movement on the Offensive, Indiana Enacts Pro-Life Provisions, Gay History Bill Reaches California Governor’s Desk, NEA Criticizes Duncan’s Policies, AACS Prepares for the 17th Annual Youth Legislative Training Conference

July 1, 2011 – Maryland Common Core Standard Training, New York Legalizes Same Sex Marriage, Tornado Relief Thank You, Senator Jim DeMint Applauds AACS in New Book, Texas Stands Up to Planned Parenthood

June

June 24, 2011 – Department of Education Considers NCLB Waiver Program, New York Marriage Update, Telemedicine Abortion Ban in Appropriation Bill, We the People Contest 9 – 17, Kevin Jennings Resignation from DOE, Colorado Voucher Program Facing Legal Challenges

June 17, 2011 – House Addresses Problematic Higher Education Regulations, New York Marriage Update, NAEP Results, Administration Actively Advances Homosexual Agenda

June 10, 2011 – Hidden Danger in Anti – Bullying Proposals, House Subcommittee Holds Charter School Hearing, Public Expression of Religion Act, Tenessee Lawmakers Pass Ten Commandments Resolution, Second Circuit Rules Against Religious Groups, Prayer Prevails in Texas

June 3, 2011 – States Wary of New Race to the Top Proposal, Education Reform Bill Passes House, Freedom of Speech Victory, Administration Challenges Indiana Law, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal and Conscience Protections

May

May 27, 2011 – Department of Education Announces New Race to the Top for Early Education, AACS Lobbying Days, Battle to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion, Senate Blocks Judicial Confirmation

May 20, 2011 – Education Reform Bill Update, Marriage Battlegrounds in the States, Department of Education Acknowledges Agenda, AACS Tornado Relief Effort

May 13, 2011 – AACS Tornado Relief Effort, House Introduces Education Reform Legislation, Conservative Leaders Issue “Counter Manifesto” Opposing Common Core Standards, Judicial Nomination Controversy, Revival of YouCut Program

May 6, 2011 – School Choice Legislation Update, National Day of Prayer, House Passes “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion” Act, Pennsylvania School Choice Celebration, Teacher Appreciation Week, AACS Schools Hit by Southern Storms

April

April 29, 2011 – Texas Bill Bans Adoption of the Common Core Standards, Law Firm Drops DOMA Defense, California Bill Requires Controversial Course Offerings, Drop in Early Education Funding, Anniversary of KJV Bible

April 22, 2011 – AACS National Competition, DCOSP Victory, Race to the Top in the Budget Deal, Pro-Life Gains in the Continuing Resolution, Defense of Marriage Update

April 8, 2011 – Supreme Court Arizona School Choice Victory, Indiana House Passes Nation’s Largest Voucher Program, South Carolina School Choice Bill Advances, H.R. 3 Update, AACS National Competition

April 1, 2011 – House Passes School Choice Bill, “Unplanned” – Pro-Life Ad Campaign, Florida Teacher Tenure Reform Law Passed, Senate Resolution 99 – Safeguarding Against the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

March

March 25, 2011 – Colorado County School Choice Initiative, NH Court Affirms Ruling, Education Resource, Ninth Circuit Denies Same Sex Marriage Request, “In God We Trust”

March 18, 2011 – White House Conference on Bullying, Higher Education Subcommittee Reviews Troublesome Regulations, Maryland Marriage Victory, Budget Battle and Pro Life Issues, Women’s History Month Special Orders

March 11, 2011 – Wisconsin Stalemate Ends, Teacher Preparation Accountability Initiative, DOMA Update, Maryland Ministers Oppose Same Sex Marriage Bill, Education and Workforce Committee Hearing

March 4, 2011 – Senators Release ESEA Proposal, DOMA Update, Maryland Marriage Referendum, Supreme Court Free Speech Ruling, Education and Workforce Committee Hearing, Budget Measure Avoids Shutdown

February

February 25, 2011 – Wisconsin Teacher Union Controversy, DC Opportunity Scholarship, Department of Education Higher Education Regulations, Department of Justice Ordered not to Defend DOMA, Hawaii Passes Civil Union Law

February 18, 2011 – President’s 2012 Budget Proposal, Department of Education Highlights, CPAC Draws Attention, Operation Ultrasound

February 11, 2011 – Pushback over Federal Standards, Indiana School Choice, APSCU v. Department of Education, Pro – Life Agenda

February 4, 2011 – New Jersey Scholarship Program, Reigning in Federal Regulations, Health Care Law Ruled Unconstitutional, Teachers Union Faces Opposition From Within

January

January 28, 2011 – National School Choice Week, State of the Union and Education, Sanctity of Life Month – March for Life and Pro – Life Special Orders

January 21, 2011 – State of Education, January is Life Month, March for Life Rally, House Votes to Repeal Healthcare Law, National School Choice Week Kickoff

January 15, 2011 – Tucson Prayer Service, D.C. and Maryland Adopt National Standards, Anti Bullying Legislation, Renewed Focus on “No Child Left Behind”, National Motto Under Attack, March For Life

January 7, 2011 – National School Choice Week, House Rules Changes, March for Life Rally, Congress by the Numbers, Speaker Boehner’s Opening Speech Excerpts