Public School “Minute of Silence” Bill Filed by Rep. Debra Hobbs

Rep. Debra Hobbs has filed a bill (HB1690) to require that every public school in Arkansas observe a minute of silence at the beginning of each day.

During this allotted time, a student may reflect, pray, or engage in any other silent activity that doesn’t interfere with or distract another student.

School days are busy and full of distractions. We think just a little time to focus—however a student chooses to do so—will benefit students and teachers alike as they prepare for the day.

If you agree, please contact the members of the House Education Committee and ask them to support this bill. Click here for a list of every committee member. Click a name and you’ll be taken to contact information for that representative.

Students, Know Your Rights as You Head Back to School

Students, as you head back to school, know your religious and free speech rights both in and out of the classroom.

Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund) has assembled two web pages listing some infringements students have experienced. The web page for primary schools is here. The web page for higher education is here.

Also, check out the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

Beebe Appoints First Openly Gay Member of State Board of Education

Jay Barth, a Hendrix College professor, will replace Dr. Ben Mays, a veterinarian from Clinton on the State Board of Education, according to a news release from Gov. Mike Beebe’s office Thursday.

“Dr. Barth is a tireless advocate for education, but also has the deliberative mind needed to tackle the wide range of important issues the Board of Education addresses,” governor’s spokesman Matt DeCample said in an email. “Gov. Beebe feels that Jay’s well-researched insight into Arkansas education will be a welcome addition to the board.”

The following are a few points about Dr. Barth: (more…)