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Bible Classes Get Blessing of School Board
Staunton Keeps Program But Will Improve Options
By Carol Morello
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 16, 2005; Page B05
Students at public elementary schools in Staunton, Va., can continue to take weekly Bible lessons at a church in the middle of the day, the local School Board has decided, although it left open the door to review its decision next year.
The 5 to 1 decision Monday night was a compromise crafted to satisfy parents who want their children released from school for the 30-minute religious classes and those who do not want their children waiting idly until their classmates return or stigmatized for staying behind.
The board authorized the midday release program for the upcoming school year but promised to provide "educationally meaningful opportunities" for students who do not attend and to send teachers to workshops to develop instructional techniques for the period. It also said it would revisit the issue in a year.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Sounds like the kids who don't attend the church stay in school? That makes the church class part of school. Hardly equal treatment for atheists, for example. They should be 'released', too.
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
How so? these kids are going for religous study and are not 'released'.
if your atheist, you dont believe in God, thus you dont need to attend bible study. its not like these kids are going home or anything.
The 5 to 1 decision Monday night was a compromise crafted to satisfy parents who want their children released from school for the 30-minute religious classes