|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
Study of the Bible and Religion
Requiring district school boards to install secular programs of education in public schools which include specified courses relating to religion, the Hebrew Scriptures, and the Bible; requiring the Department of Education to include such courses in the Course Code Directory; providing that such courses must be offered as elective courses to certain students, etc.
Florida Senate - 2020 SB 746 By Senator Baxley 12-01026-20 2020746__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the study of the Bible and 3 religion; amending s. 1003.45, F.S.; requiring 4 district school boards to install secular programs of 5 education in public schools which include specified 6 courses relating to religion, the Hebrew Scriptures, 7 and the Bible; requiring the Department of Education 8 to include such courses in the Course Code Directory; 9 providing that such courses must be offered as 10 elective courses to certain students; providing course 11 requirements; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 1003.45, Florida Statutes, is amended to 16 read: 17 1003.45
PermittingStudy of the Bible and religion; 18 permitting brief meditation period.— 19 (1)(a) The district school board shall mayinstall in the 20 public schools in the district a secular program of education 21 including, but not limited to: 22 1. An objective study of religion. 23 2. An objective study of the Bible, including, but not 24 limited to, a course on the Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament 25 of the Bible; a course on the New Testament of the Bible; and a 26 course on the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament of the Bible, 27 and the New Testament of the Bible. A student may not be 28 required to use a specific translation of the Hebrew Scriptures 29 or Bible as the sole text for the course. 30 (b) The Department of Education must include the courses in 31 the Course Code Directory. 32 (c) A course offered pursuant to this section must: 33 1. Be offered as an elective course for students in grades 34 9 through 12. 35 2. Follow all state and federal laws and guidelines in 36 maintaining religious neutrality and accommodating the diverse 37 religious views, traditions, and perspectives of all students in 38 the school. A course offered pursuant to this section may not 39 endorse, favor, or promote or disfavor or show hostility toward 40 a particular religion, religious perspective, or nonreligious 41 faith , an objective study of the Bible and of religion. 42 (2) The district school board may provide that a brief 43 period, not to exceed 2 minutes, for the purpose of silent 44 prayer or meditation be set aside at the start of each school 45 day or each school week in the public schools in the district. 46 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.
|01/14/2020||Senate||Introduced -SJ 57|
|11/21/2019||Senate||Referred to Education; Judiciary; Rules -SJ 57|