School Board Votes Against Rules for Bible Release

The Knox County school board has voted against new rules for Bible Release Program and similar programs after parents raised concerns about what happens when some students are pulled from their classrooms for religious studies. The Knox County Board of Education voted 5-4 not to create more standards for these programs. Tennessee law says parents have the right to pull their children out of class for religious studies as long as it’s not taxpayer funded. Board members were asked to set rules to minimize class disruptions. Members said the county can’t change state law, so they should simply defer to the parents want for their children.

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