Supreme Court Affirms Rights of Religious Schools on Employment

July 9, 2020 ...

The decision upholds the constitutional doctrine known as the “ministerial exception” to civil rights employment claims. The doctrine was first established in Hosanna Tabor in 2012, and is part of a line of cases decided under what the Supreme Court called “principles of church autonomy.” The Supreme Court rejected the Ninth Circuit’s decision that limited …

Supreme Court Prohibits Discrimination Against Religion in Public Benefit Programs

July 1, 2020 ...

Like over half the states in the United States, Montana has a constitutional provision known as a “Blaine Amendment” that bars state aid to religious organizations. Based on that provision, the Department of Revenue prohibited the use of the scholarship funds by students attending religious schools, while they allowed scholarship funds to be applied other …

Are Commencement Speakers Memorable?

May 11, 2018 ...

In April, evangelical leaders in the United States were asked whether they remember who gave the commencement address at their college graduation. Only 28 percent remember who the speaker was, according to the monthly Evangelical Leaders Survey. Of those who remember who spoke at their commencement, only half can recall something the speaker said. “Education …

Challenges for Christian Colleges

April 15, 2017 ...

In Today’s Conversation podcast, Leith Anderson talks with Shirley Hoogstra about the challenges and opportunities of Christian colleges, including: Recent case studies challenging the religious freedom of Christian colleges, particularly as it relates to biblical marriage and LGBT rights; Innovative approaches providing more opportunities for Christian college students; Advice for college presidents in their unique place of ministry; …

Buxton v. Kurtinitis

October 21, 2016 ...

He learned that his application score had been lowered by one administrator because in answer to a question about the source of his morals he briefly mentioned his Christian faith. A federal district court dismissed Buxton’s complaint as failing to state a claim. He is now appealing to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The …

NAE Addresses Education Equity

October 19, 2016 ...

The Education Equity 2016 resolution states, “While there is much to celebrate in American education — and the Church has made significant contributions to its flourishing — the benefits are not equitably distributed among all children and communities. Violating both biblical justice and the American dream, educational opportunities are provided in abundance to some and …

Education Equity

October 13, 2016 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals has long encouraged American Christians to love all children as we love ourselves, to pray for children, educators and public schools, to build constructive relationships with local public schools, and to pursue avenues of support for those involved in public education and to encourage and disciple public school teachers, administrators …

Hope for Students

August 22, 2016 ...

But unfortunately, as NAE President Leith Anderson says, “Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who most need the best schools rarely have access to them.” The NAE and The Expectations Project teamed up to create an eBook designed to encourage Christians in bringing hope to students and in shining a light on education inequality. In addition to …

Fixing Education Inequity Should Top Our National Agenda

August 18, 2016 ...

Two out of three American eighth graders can neither read nor do math at grade level. Schools serving low-income communities perform particularly poorly on a whole range of measurable outcomes including language, reading, and mathematics — critical skills for performing well and succeeding in society. Read the full article at Sojourners.

Is Christian College Debt Worth It?

May 19, 2016 ...

“Most evangelical leaders place a high value on Christian education, but they also believe that deciding where to go to college involves weighing several considerations, including debt,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “College often sets the direction for one’s future. The decision of where to attend and the consequences …