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

Requires local school boards to offer as an elective in grades nine through 12 with appropriate credits toward graduation a course, either in a traditional classroom setting or in a virtual classroom setting, 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.

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01/07/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102188D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20102188D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 1122
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled January 7, 2020
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 22.1-202.1 of the Code of Virginia, relating to public schools; electives on the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament.
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    Patron-- Robinson
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    Referred to Committee on Education
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That � 22.1-202.1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    22.1-202.1. Comparative religion; Hebrew Scriptures; New Testament; elective courses.

    A. The Board of Education shall authorize local school boards to offer, as an elective in grades nine through 12 with appropriate credits toward graduation, a comparative religion class that focuses on the basic tenets, history, and religious observances and rites of world religions.

    B. Local school boards shall offer as an elective in grades nine through 12 with appropriate credits toward graduation a course, either in a traditional classroom setting or in a virtual classroom setting, on (i) the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament of the Bible, (ii) the New Testament of the Bible, or (iii) a combined course on both. The Board of Education shall develop Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines for such courses. The purpose of any such course 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. Each such course shall be designed to familiarize students with the contents, history, and literary style and structure of the relevant texts and their influence on law, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values, and culture.

    C. No student who participates in a course offered pursuant to subsection B shall be required to use a specific translation of a religious text as the sole textbook for the course, and a student may use a different translation from that chosen by the local school board.

    D. Any course offered pursuant to subsection B shall follow all applicable state and federal laws and all state and federal guidelines in maintaining religious neutrality and accommodating the diverse religious views, traditions, and perspectives of enrolled students. No such course shall endorse, favor, promote, disfavor, or show hostility toward any particular religion or nonreligious perspective.

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    Roxann L. Robinson R-Richmond Sponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/13/2020 House House: Assigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ
    01/07/2020 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102188D
    01/07/2020 House House: Referred to Committee on Education
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    Requires local school boards to offer as an elective in grades nine through 12 with appropriate credits toward graduation a course, either in a traditional classroom setting or in a virtual classroom setting, 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 c
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    Learning
    The Board of Education shall develop Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines for such courses

    Standards
    The Board of Education shall develop Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines for such courses

    Public schools



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