Public schools; electives on the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament and the New Testament. (SB132)

Introduced By

Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Public schools; electives on the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament and the New Testament. Requires the Board of Education to authorize 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. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/17/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103693D
12/17/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB132)
01/09/2020Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/16/2020Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

Post a Public Comment About this Bill



if you have one


(Limited HTML is OK: <a>, <em>, <strong>, <s>)