Knox, Smith Schools Face Questions Over Religious Programs

Knox County parents are voicing concerns over a program that allows children to leave class to attend one hour of Bible instruction, WBIR reports. The program requires students to have parental consent to participate and must be conducted off public school property. The school board said it is drafting a policy to address religious programs. In related news, the ACLU of Tennessee recently filed a federal lawsuit against officials in the Smith County School System, alleging they engage in the widespread promotion of religion in district schools. News Channel 5 has a release from the group and an initial response from the district.

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