Texas Board of Education Approves Elective Bible Course for High Schools

March 28, 2008


Source: The Dallas Morning News


Broad guidelines for a Bible course in Texas high schools were approved by the State Board of Education on Friday, but board members delayed action on specific curriculum requirements until the attorney general has ruled whether all school districts must offer the course.

Board members approved a rule establishing the elective course on a 13-2 vote. The course is supposed to be available in high schools by the fall of 2009.

Critics said the failure to approve specific content standards for the course could lead to some teachers promoting their own religious views or cause other constitutional problems that result in lawsuits against school districts.