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SB 1502 - Requires School Boards to Offer Classes on the Bible - Virginia Key Vote

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Title: Requires School Boards to Offer Classes on the Bible

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

A vote to pass a bill that requires school boards to offer Biblical courses.

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  • Requires the Board of Education to authorize local school boards to offer, as an elective in grades 9-12, with appropriate credits toward graduation, a comparative religion class that focuses on the tenets, history, and religious observances and rites of world religions (Sec. 1). 

  • Specifies that these courses should include: (Sec. 1)

    • The Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament of the Bible;

    • The New Testament of the Bible; or

    • A combined course on both. 

  • Requires the Board of Education to develop standards of learning and curriculum guidelines for such courses (Sec. 1). 

  • Specifies that no student enrolled in any of the above courses will be required to use a specific translation of a religious texts as the sole textbook for the course (Sec.

Title: Requires School Boards to Offer Classes on the Bible

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