October 4, 2008
Texans Debate Bible Curriculum
By Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas -- Four State Board of Education members are promoting a public school Bible curriculum that has been criticized as favoring conservative Protestant views and has already landed some districts in court. An e-mail to Texas school districts encouraged local control in deciding which Bible courses to adopt, but went on to recommend a curriculum that some officials are predicting will lead to more lawsuits. The e-mail was sent by board members Terri Leo of Spring, Barbara Cargill of The Woodlands, Cynthia Dunbar of Richmond and Gail Lowe of Lampasas.
Lowe said the e-mail was an effort to "inform and reaffirm that this curriculum has been around for a number of years and has always satisfied" the state's requirements for electives.
Last year, Texas lawmakers approved legislation making it easier for public school districts to teach a Bible course as an elective starting next year.
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