What's Happening: Indiana Battles a Backlash
The Hoosier State's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed last week, has engendered both controversy and confusion. Many say the bill has potentially discriminatory implications, particularly for same-sex couples. Others suggest that Indiana's legislation isn't out of line with similar ones passed on the state and federal levels. Not so fast, Garrett Epps argues in The Atlantic.
What may happen next: On Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence asked for a bill that would clarify the existing one. "In backing away from the law, Pence and other leaders revealed how quickly the political landscape of marriage equality has shifted in just a few years," wrote David Graham. There were also calls for an outright repeal of the law from politicians and businesses.
Can public all-boys schools close education gaps? In Washington, D.C., only 49 percent of boys graduate high school versus 66 percent of girls. The city plans to open a boys-only college-preparatory high school with hopes that it can close that gap. However, research is inconclusive about whether single-sex schooling is more effective, with some education experts saying that diversity is an important factor in education. A boys-only public school may also face Title XI issues, as there are no plans to open a similar school for girls.
3 Short Links About Oil
- The ongoing drop in crude-oil prices may be as disruptive as the quadrupling of oil prices that created the oil shock of 1974.
- Red state legislators may have found a tax hike they can live with—boosting gas taxes in order to pay for crumbling state infrastructure.
- In 2014, writer Maya Rao spent a month working a cash register in North Dakota, reporting on what the state's seven-year oil boom looks like from on the ground.