The bill approved Wednesday would give school boards authority to excuse students from school to receive religious instruction with parental permission in classes conducted at churches or by others at no cost to the schools. Students could get two class credits for the activities.
The Columbus Dispatch reported the school boards could approve the curriculum, hours of class time, testing methods and instructor qualifications. School districts could not spend any public funds on religious education, including transportation.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, objected to the “religious purpose” of the bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration.