Monday, December 15, 2014

Is this even legal?

It appears the Ohio Gov. John Kasich is forcing schools districts to work with faith-based groups in order to get tax money for programs.

Raw Story:

A newly launched mentoring program funded with taxpayer dollars requires Ohio school districts to partner with a faith-based organization and a business in order to have access to the money, reports

The mentoring program, championed by Republican Governor John Kasich, provides $10 million to Ohio schools to work with at-risk students, however school districts are discovering a religious requirement inserted into the program.

Any school district that wants state money from the program must partner with both a church and a business,  or with a faith-based organization and a non-profit set up by a business to do community service. Failure to incorporate a faith-based group will leave a school district out in the cold.....

This puts an unfair burden on school district and restricts students from receiving the help they need if they do not partner with a church or religious group. Are some religious groups better than others? Are certain groups excluded? How does the governor know that no conversion tactics will be used? Have the religious groups been screened?

This is just another Kasich attempt to cut money to schools! If church buildings and faith-based personnel are used for certain programs, can Kasich be certain that no conversion attempts will occur? He can't.  Time to call the ACLU!