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1. Thank Goodness We Have School Choice...
Last night, the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board voted 7–2 to pass a measure to amend its Multicultural Policy to include "gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation" and to give them the power to teach these topics to Charlotte's kids.
Parents should be able to choose which school is best for their children, whether it's private school, home school, charter schools, or public schools. Now, in North Carolina, parents have lots of great choices! You don't have to be stuck in a school system like Charlotte's. Here’s some information we wanted to pass on to help you consider the schooling choices available to your family:
1. National School Choice Week Website: https://schoolchoiceweek.com/states/north-carolina/
2. List and Map of NC Charter Schools: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/schools/
Did you know that scholarships of up to $4,200 per year are available for children in kindergarten through 12th grade to attend participating nonpublic schools?
Application period starts February 2nd.
4. North Carolina Personal Education Savings Accounts: https://www.edchoice.org/school-choice/programs/north-carolina-personal-education-savings-accounts/
Did you know that the NC Personal Education Savings Account program was enacted last year? The ESA program allows families funds to pay for a variety of educational services.
5. NC Homeschooling Option: https://ncadmin.nc.gov/citizens/home-school-information
Ironically enough, this week is also National School Choice Week. While CMS is left pursuing its social justice agenda, dozens of their schools continue to under-perform in both grades and attendance.
2. Court rejects ACLU demand to disregard student privacy
"An Illinois trial court Thursday rejected the demand of the American Civil Liberties Union to ignore the privacy rights of thousands of Illinois students. The court refused to issue an order that would have allowed a biologically male student to change clothes alongside female students in the girls’ locker room at Palatine’s Township High School District 211."
The ACLU has challenged the law that preserves separate men’s and women’s bathroom and locker room facilities in North Carolina. While the Palatine case is far from over, it could ultimately be the case that decides this issue of privacy in public bathrooms and locker rooms. This lower court ruling in Illinois affirms the wisdom of NC’s law and we will keep a close eye on it!
3. Grade school uses sex columnist, unicorn to promote gender identity
🦄 The gender unicorn and Dan Savage were used at a California elementary school to lure kids to a bulletin board that promoted "gender identity awareness."
4. Study: Almost 75% of American women who had abortions were pressured
"A significant number of American women who have had an abortion have felt subtle, or even substantial, unwanted pressure to abort, a recent study has found.
The study, published recently in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, found that nearly three-quarters (73.8%) of women with a history of abortion surveyed admitted that they experienced at least subtle forms of pressure to terminate their pregnancies.
More than half of the women reported that the perceived pressure was great enough to significantly influence their decision to abort. Of the 987 women surveyed, more than half (58.3%) indicated that they decided to abort in order to make others happy. Nearly 30% of survey respondents admitted that they were afraid that they would lose their partner if they failed to terminate their pregnancy."
Did you know that in North Carolina we have a law that makes it illegal for any person (including a parent) to force or pressure a minor child to have an abortion?
5. Court refuses to hear case of coach fired for taking knee to pray
"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit refused to hear the case of a Washington state high school football coach who was punished for taking a knee at the 50-yard line for a post-game prayer.
In August a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at midfield after football games."
WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS
LORD, you are the Judge of the nations. You are Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. You are sovereign over all.
LORD, may we find assurance and comfort in the reality that you are the LORD God. In spite of the political events that are unfolding in our country and around the world, we remind ourselves that you are in control. That the Church is within the protection of your providence. That Jesus is our Prince of Peace, and that one day every knee shall bow and declare His Lordship.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower our petitions: Be with the parents of Charlotte Mecklenburg County Schools, give them clarity and guidance as they deal with these new "multicultural policies". LORD, would you give the School Board and Superintendent Dr. Wilcox wisdom as they carry out their duties, and help them be mindful of the responsibility they have to protect the innocence and virtue of the children under their authority. We pray that they will respect and support the role of parents in the upbringing and education of their children. LORD, be with your people as they deal with major issues like gay marriage and transgenderism. Be with Governor Cooper and Lt. Governor Forest. Give them good health, and God-fearing hearts. Be with all the members of our General Assembly, and with the judges of our courts. Be with President Trump and his cabinet. Be with our nation's Supreme Court and Legislature so they can make moral and ethical decision that are in line with Your natural law.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." (Romans 13:1)
"For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations." (Psalms 22:28)
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