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February 17, 2005

At least some people are thinking

Update on “Board remembers First Amendment”.

From BPNews:

A school board in Staunton, Va., has said children in its district may continue the tradition of leaving school for weekly Bible classes despite complaints from some parents that students who choose to stay behind are disadvantaged.

In a 5-1 decision Feb. 14, board members ruled that the weekday Bible classes attended by more than 80 percent of the district's first-, second- and third-graders will be allowed for the remainder of the current school year but the issue will be revisited for next year.

The voluntary 30-minute classes came under fire from some parents who said their children were missing out on valuable instruction time during the period they waited for their classmates to return, according to The Washington Post. Besides the idle time, students who opted not to attend Bible classes were stigmatized, parents said.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 17, 2005 10:13 AM

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