This bill would allow public schools to offer elective courses focusing on the study of the Bible in grades six to 12. This bill would also allow public schools to display artifacts, monuments, symbols, and texts related to the study of the Bible if displaying these items is appropriate to the overall educational purpose of the course, and would require the State Board of Education to adopt rules and policies to implement the requirements of the bill.
We oppose this bill because it serves no useful purpose. Schools can already teach religious texts in an educational setting as long as it is not taught as religious truth. This important distinction may confuse school districts and lure them into a false sense of security to take unconstitutional actions.
The bill was pre-filed on January 23, 2019 and assigned to the Education Policy Committee in the Senate.
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- 2/12/19 - Alabama lawmakers file bill for elective Bible course in public schools [WSFA]