TN Senate OKs religious expression bill in schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would give students the freedom of religious expression is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The Senate approved the measure 32-0 on Monday. Earlier this month, the proposal overwhelmingly passed the House 90-2.

Under the proposal, a student could express beliefs about religion in homework, artwork and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content.

The legislation would also allow a student to organize student prayer groups and other religious gatherings to the same degree that students are permitted to organize non-curricular activities and groups.

Sponsors say the legislation was proposed after a 10-year-old student was given an assignment to write about the person she most admires and she chose God. The teacher asked her to choose another subject.


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