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Private religious instruction will count in Ohio for public high school credit
ACLU say it crosses a constitutional line

Lyndsey Schley
Jeff McClain cosponsored the bill with Democratic Rep. Bill Patmon.
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The Ohio Legislature has passed a bill that will allow high school students to get up to two credits for private religious instruction.

State Rep. Jeff McClain sponsored the bill. He says Ohio already allows students to be released from school for religious instruction and the bill will allow it to count as an elective.

McClain says religious instructions has a lot of benefits.

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"We had testimony from case-workers, we had school administrators. And there’s some evidence, it’s about three or four years old now, that people who go through some form of ethics or moral training, they not only act better, but they do better in school."

McClain says the no public funds are used for the programs, so the bill is constitutional. He says the bill does not require school districts or parents to allow students to participate.

The Ohio ACLU is opposed to the bill. It says the bill “opens the door to public school students receiving school credit to learn sectarian religious ideology.”


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I graduated from Clyde Sr High in 1968. School was for being educated not religion. Today, if students asked for credits for studying Islam or something like voodo or witchcraft, just watch the same politicians scramble to undo their law. Religion is for church. School is for education.

Posted by: Kathleen Hewitt (Clyde, Ohio) on June 6, 2014 6:06AM
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