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Reading, Writing, & Religion II - Texas High School Bible Courses 2011-2012

Reading, Writing, & Religion II - Texas High School Bible Courses 2011-2012

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While the number of Texas school districts teaching courses is increasing, widespread failure to implement key guidelines passed by the Legislature has undermined efforts to resolve serious problems documented in such courses six years ago, according to a new report from a Southern Methodist University professor of religious studies and the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund. The problems range from factual errors to blatant religious bias and even discredited claims about the Bible and race.
The report, Reading, Writing & Religion II: Texas Public School Bible Courses in 2011-12, reveals that at least 57 school districts and three charter schools in the state taught courses about the Bible in 2011-12. That’s up from 25 school districts in the 2006-06 school year. In 2007 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1287, which included guidelines designed to improve the quality of such courses while protecting the religious freedom of students and their families. The new report shows that state agencies and many local school districts have largely ignored those guidelines, said Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund.
While the number of Texas school districts teaching courses is increasing, widespread failure to implement key guidelines passed by the Legislature has undermined efforts to resolve serious problems documented in such courses six years ago, according to a new report from a Southern Methodist University professor of religious studies and the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund. The problems range from factual errors to blatant religious bias and even discredited claims about the Bible and race.
The report, Reading, Writing & Religion II: Texas Public School Bible Courses in 2011-12, reveals that at least 57 school districts and three charter schools in the state taught courses about the Bible in 2011-12. That’s up from 25 school districts in the 2006-06 school year. In 2007 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1287, which included guidelines designed to improve the quality of such courses while protecting the religious freedom of students and their families. The new report shows that state agencies and many local school districts have largely ignored those guidelines, said Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund.

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exas Public School Bible Courses in  – 
By Mark A. Chancey 
Proessor o Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University 
 
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Rdg,Wtg & RgII
By Proessor Mark A. Chancey,
Southern Methodist University (Dallas)
exas Public School Bible Courses in  – 
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an uin,
 project editor 
 ahy Miller,
FNEF president 
yan alenine,
deputy director 
  oeina,
deputy communications director 
ackenie assey,
research intern

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