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School supply lists, back-to-school shopping, squeezing in one last family trip… That’s how my family typically spent the last few weeks of summer leading up to a new school year. By that time, our plans were set for the fall. We knew where we would be attending school, who our teachers would be, and what was on our reading list. But this wasn’t the story for some families in Maryland during the past school year, who found themselves scrambling to enroll their children in a different school at the last minute.

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In 2016, Sarasota County informed Englewood Christian School that it needed a special permit to operate. But when it applied for the special permit, it was denied. This was odd considering that charter schools in Florida are allowed to operate out of any church. But apparently, religious schools like Englewood don’t get the same treatment.

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Want to get through college cheaper and faster? That’s a no-brainer for many high school students and their parents, especially with the rising cost of college tuition. And that’s exactly why dual enrollment programs exist. They allow high school students to take free college courses and receive both high school and college credit. But not all students are welcome to participate in this program… at least not if they attend a private religious school in Vermont.

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Six years ago, Tree of Life Christian School purchased a vacant building to consolidate its four campuses. Fast forward to today, and the school is still waiting to move into its new building fully. Why? City zoning regulations stand in its way.

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