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In the name of love?

Education | Christian university lifts ban on same-sex romantic relationships in a bid to better disciple homosexual students
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/26/18, 04:39 pm

Azusa Pacific University made a small but significant change to its student handbook this year that could have a big ripple effect throughout Christian higher education: Students at the Southern California college are no longer prohibited from having romantic same-sex relationships—as long as they remain abstinent.

University chaplain Kevin Mannoia said the change is intended to free students from the need to hide their behavior and beliefs about sexuality so that staff and student leaders can openly address those issues from a Biblical perspective.

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Picking up the for-profit-college tab

Education | Fight over college regulations has big—and expensive—implications for taxpayers
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/19/18, 04:29 pm

Students seeking either a career change or a four-year-degree alternative flocked to for-profit colleges after the 2008 financial crisis. Enrollment at for-profit schools ballooned from 230,000 in the early 1990s to about 2 million in 2010. Programs offered certifications for a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, technology, and business.

Some schools made dramatic claims about the financial windfall their training would bring. They seemed too good to be true—turns out, many of them were.

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School safety becomes school choice rallying cry

Education | Renewed attention to violence in public schools could boost efforts to give parents more say over their students’ education
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/12/18, 05:00 pm

Concern over school safety has fanned the flames of gun control efforts and prompted debates about metal detectors and arming teachers. But could it also give the school choice movement a boost?

Advocates hope so and are rallying behind a new safety-themed choice program: the Child Safety Account (CSA). It would give money to parents who want to take their students out of neighborhood public schools because of bullying, harassment, threats, or actual violence. Parents could use those funds to pay for other public schools, private schools, or homeschool expenses.

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