Ark. Education Board poses new rule on religion in preschool

The Arkansas Education Board has opened for public comment a proposed rule on allowing extracurricular teaching of religion in preschools, according to an AP report.

The proposal before the board on Monday was written by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The rule would ban teaching of religion during the seven-hour school day of pre-schools that receive government funding.

Education Board Chairman Ben Mays questioned whether allowing the teachings was constitutional, considering the schools wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for government funding.

The Education Board didn’t take a stand on the issue, and its vote only set the proposal out for the public to comment.

A pre-school, Growing God’s Kingdom, owned by state Rep. Justin Harris, has drawn criticism for accepting state funding and teaching religion. The Republican from West Fork has defended the practice.



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One Response to Ark. Education Board poses new rule on religion in preschool

  1. Religion is such a broad term. I cannot help but to wonder exactly what they have in mind as it pertains to “religion”. I think, however, that it is probably best to let the little ones focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic; and leave the abstract religion aside. Indeed, how many public school teachers are suited for and qualified to teach religious education?

    My objection has nothing to do with “church-state” issues; it is more about practicality because on the preschool level, there can be little more than indoctrination. However, teachers should not be made to feel like criminals because their faith informs their work!

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