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Bible & Public Schools

As a national debate rages over the proper place for religion in public education, more and more public schools are adding elective courses in Bible literacy. When taught with credible materials and from a nonsectarian perspective, such courses are an appropriate and even laudable way to help students learn about history and literature. However, a 2005 study by Dr. Mark Chancey of SMU reveals that the country’s most aggressively marketed Bible curriculum fails on both counts.

Press Release
Executive Summary
Full report (.pdf)
Dr. Chancey's review of the revised curriculum
Academic endorsements and petition
Successful legal challenges to NCBCPS curriculum

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TFN Resources

Resources on current Texas law and HB 1287 "Bible bill"
Reading, Writing & Religion (2006 TFNEF study of Texas Bible courses)