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SB 089: Public Schools Religious Bill Of Rights

Freedom of Expression & Religion
Bill Number: SB 089
Year: 2010
ACLU Position: Active Oppose
Sponsors: Rep. Sonnenberg; Sen. Schultheis

Description:

The bill establishes the "Religious Bill of Rights for Individuals Connected to Public Schools Act" (act), which requires the state board of education (state board) to adopt a religious bill of rights for public school students and parents and a religious bill of rights for public school teachers and employees (religious bills of rights) outlining each party's respective inalienable individual religious rights. The state board shall distribute the religious bills of rights to school district boards of education (local boards), and each local board shall adopt policies and procedures to implement the act, including the annual distribution of the religious bills of rights to students, parents, teachers, and employees of the school district. Additionally, local boards of education shall provide opt-out provisions to individuals for classes or course materials that are in conflict with the individual's religious beliefs. The bill provides that individual members of local boards are personally liable for lawsuits brought under the act if the local board fails to adopt policies and procedures to implement the act or to ensure compliance with the act.

Read the bill here.


Current Status:

01/20/2010 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary



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