2012 Issues


January 6, 2012 – The Heritage Foundation Highlights Top Ten Education Stories of 2011, Christian Colleges Urge Removal of Mandate, Abstinence Funding Reinstated in Spending Measure, Homosexual History Bill Update, Maryland Focus on Special Needs Bullying, Virginia Pro-Life Victory 

January 13, 2012 – Religious Liberty Victory:Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Decision in Religious Hiring Case, Race to the Top Winners Struggle With Implementation, National School Choice Week, NYC Churches Fight For Equal Access, Texas Ultrasound Law Upheld

January 20, 2012 – Indiana School Choice Update, House Floats ESEA Reauthorization Proposal, National Sexual Education Standards Proposal, Rhode Island Public School Loses Lawsuit, Pro-life Advocate Cleared of Charges, March for Life Update, National School Choice Week 

January 27, 2012 – NCLB Data Collection Raises Privacy Concerns, National School Choice Week, Washington State Considers Same-Sex Marriage Legislation, Administration Refuses to Broaden HHS Contraceptive Mandate Exemption, March for Life Update


February 3, 2012 – NCLB Waiver Update, Cancer Research Foundation Defunds Planned Parenthood, Christian Student Wins Religious Liberty Case, New Jersey Legislature Votes on Same-Sex Marriage Measure, HHS Contraceptive Mandate Update, National Marriage Week USA

February 10, 2012 – Lawmakers Offer Diverging NCLB Plans, New Jersey Bullying Law Ruled Unconstitutional, Louisana Governor Embraces School Choice, Maryland Marriage Update, Komen Foundation Reinstates Controversial Funding, Proposition 8 Case Update

February 17, 2012 – President’s 2013 Budget Request, NYC Churches Fight for Equal Access, Washington State Marriage Update, HHS Preventive Services Mandate Update, Minnesota School District Revises Bullying Guidelines

February 24, 2012 – Department of Education Solicits Feedback, Financial Aid Awareness Month, Pro-life Groups Releases 2012 Strategy, New York Pilots Teacher Evaluation, Marriage Update, Efforts to Halt HHS Mandate, NYC Churches Update


March 2, 2012 – HHS Mandate and Religious Liberty Update, House Votes to Repeal Higher Education Regulations, Marriage Update, ESEA Reauthorization Update, NYC Churches Update, President Obama Addresses Nation’s Governors, Texas Defunds Abortion Providers

March 9, 2012 – AACS Legislative Office in the News, Marriage under Fire, Religious Freedom in Iran, Minnesota School District Settles Bullying Cases, The Criminalization of Texting

March 16, 2012 – Louisana Voucher Program Welcomes New Participants, HHS Finalizes Controversial Abortion Rule, Nonpartisan Committee Releases Healthcare Law Analysis, Former Planned Parenthood Director Files Lawsuit, El Paso Christians Face Arrest, Agency Threatens to Withold Texas Medicaid Funding

March 23, 2012 – DOE Considers District NCLB Waivers, University Curtails Religious Liberty on Campus, Healthcare Law Extends “Free” Benefits to Student Health Plans, High School Graduation Rates Improve, Homosexual Activists Attempt to Blacklist Christian Commentators

March 30, 2012 – Supreme Court Considers Health Care Law, Religious Freedom Rallies Against HHS Mandate, Secretary Duncan Questioned by House Education Committee, Education Officials Caution Against District Level Waivers, Initiative to Repeal Controversial History Bill


April 6, 2012 – Committee Alleges Pattern of Overreach by Education Secretary, Faith Based Community Service Victory, Pro-life Vigil Success, Pastor Youcef Update, Autism Awareness Day, AACS National Competition

April 20, 2012 – Race to the Top Winners Spend Slowly, Obamacare Oral Arguments and Education Implications, Komen Foundation Commits to Fund Abortion Clinics, Vanderbilt Continues Assault on Religious Freedom, AACS National Competition

April 27, 2012 – Student Loan Controversy, Indiana School Choice, ACLU Targeting Public School Expressions of Faith, Vandals Target North Carolina Churches, Mojave Desert Cross Victory, Remembering Chuck Colson 


May 4, 2012 – National Day of Prayer, HHS Preventive Services Mandate, Texas Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood, Tennessee Legislature Confronts Vanderbilt Policy, California Teacher Forced to Remove Patriotic Banners, IRS Leaks Pro-Marriage Group Information

May 11, 2012 – Direct Loan Issues Harm College Students, Victory for Marriage in North Carolina, American Federation for Children National Policy Summit, Arizona Defunds Planned Parenthood, Alliance Defense Fund Effort, ACLU Fights to Remove Ten Commandments, Pastor Youcef Update

May 18, 2012 – Education Committee Highlights Parental Involvement, Pro-Abortion Groups Fail to Attract Millenials, Defense Reauthorization Amendments, Colorado Civil Union Bill Stalls, Telemedicine Safety Act, Alabama Opposes Common Core Standards

May 25, 2012 – Department of Education Announces District Race to the Top, AACS Lobbying Days, 43 Catholic Groups Sue HHS, Maine Defunds Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island Governor Supports Same-Sex Marriage 


June 1, 2012 – NCLB Waiver Winners Announced, Arizona Passes Landmark School Choice Law, Common Core Architect Becomes President of Testing Board, Media Silence on Obamacare Lawsuits, Live Action’s Latest Expose Reaffirms Need for PRENDA, Maryland Marriage Petition

June 7, 2012 – Agency Pushes to End Background Checks, Court Rejects Traditional Marriage, Obamacare and Parental Rights, Six Commandments Case, Common Core Architect Becomes President of Testing Board

June 15, 2012 – Secretary Duncan Meets with LGBT Students, Parental Rights Amendment, ENDA Hearing, Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies, Prayer Caucus Update

June 22, 2012 – Agreement Reached on DC Voucher Program, Pennsylvania Enacts Abortion Clinic Requirements, President Celebrates LGBT Pride Month, ADF Appeals Photography Case, Washington Places SSM on Ballot

June 28, 2012 – The Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare, Public Comments on the HHS Mandate, Christian Students Face Discrimination, Districts Attempt to Limit Teacher-Student Digital Contact, Pro-life Groups Celebrate Groundbreaking Surgery Implications


July 6, 2012 – Pennsylvania Approves Scholarship Tax Credits, Five Additional States Receive NCLB Waivers, Victory for NYC Churches, Representatives Form Anti-Bullying Caucus, AACS Legislative Office Prepares for the 18th Annual Youth Legislative Training Conference

July 13, 2012 – Youth Legislative Training Conference Report

July 20, 2012 – AACS Hosts Youth Legislative Training Conference, Largest Teacher’s Union Revamps Organization, Mississippi Abortion Clinic Showdown, Higher Education Subcommittee Holds Hearing

July 27, 2012 – Education Department Grants Additional NCLB Waivers, Senate Holds Hearing on Controversial Bill, Renewed Calls to Investigate Planned Parenthood, HHS Mandate Court Case, D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act 


August 3, 2012 – HHS Mandate Takes Effect, Lousiana Voucher Program Doubles Religious School Enrollment, Race to the Top Left Out, D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, 400 Million Missing Chinese 

August 10, 2012 – Common Core Standards Face Backlash, Louisiana Teachers Union Threatens Voucher Recipients, South Dakota Informed Consent Pro-Life Victory, Safe and Healthy Students Conference, Education Department Hosts Anti-Bullying Convention, Liberty Counsel Defends Embattled Florida Pastor

August 17, 2012 – Race to the Top for the Districts Moves Forward, Family Research Council Targeted by Gunman, Traditional Marriage Victory in Hawaii, Marriage on the Platform

August 24, 2012 – AACS Legislative Director on National Radio Broadcast, Education Becomes Campaign Issue, Religious Liberty Report Released, Texas Can Continue to Defund Abortion Providers, GOP Delegates Approve Most Conservative Platform in Recent History, Pro-Lifers Remember Nellie Gray

August 31, 2012 – AACS National Legislative Conference to Highlight Key Issues and Speakers, Members of Congress Oppose HHS Mandate, 15 States Support Defense of Marriage Act, Minnesota Supreme Court Stops Executive Overreach, Athiest Group Challenges Religious Liberty Nationwide, Fined for Their Faith 


September 7, 2012 – AACS National Legislative Conference to Highlight Key Issues and Speakers, Wheaton College v. HHS Mandate Case, Washington State Marriage Battle, Nearly 900 Districts Intend to Compete for Race to the Top-Districts, ACT Results Hold Steady, Calfornia Contemplates Controversial Measures  

September 21, 2012 – AACS Hosts National Legislative Conference, Common Tests Issues, Values Voter Summit, Education Spending Not Paying Off, NAEP Writing Proficiency Results, Iranian Pastor Freed


October 5, 2012 – Department of Education Launches Regional Centers, Federal Agency Overrides Religious College Autonomy, SAT Reading Scores Lowest in 40 Years, Parental Rights Under Attack in California, Supreme Court Opens New Term

October 12, 2012 – Education Secretary Addresses the National Press Club, Private Schools Feel Common Core Pressure, Baptist Colleges Sue Over HHS Mandate, Justice Department Promotes Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in Arizona

October 19, 2012 – AEI Forum Contrasts Views of the Campaigns on Education, Florida Passes Race-Based Academic Standards, University Official Faces Job Loss Over Petition, Pew Study Suggests Protestants are Minority, Abstinence Education Receives Funding


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