Public schools; electives on the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament and the New Testament. (SB1502)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; electives on the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament and the New Testament. Requires local school boards to offer as an elective in grades nine through 12 with appropriate credits toward graduation a course on the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament of the Bible or the New Testament of the Bible or a combined course on both. The bill requires the Board of Education to develop Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines for such courses. The bill provides that the purpose of such courses is to introduce students to biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, mores, oratory, and public policy. The bill prohibits students from being required to use a specific translation of a religious text when taking the courses and provides that such courses shall maintain religious neutrality and shall not endorse, favor, promote, disfavor, or show hostility toward any particular religion or nonreligious perspective. Amends § 22.1-202.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/08/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Education and Health Committee


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100931D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education and Health’s Public Education subcommittee on 01/17/2019. It meets on Monday, 1/2 hour after adjournment, 4th Floor East.

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