FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 23, 2017) –Today, the House passed a measure which creates elective Bible Literacy courses in Kentucky’s public schools. House Bill 128, sponsored by Rep. DJ Johnson, R-Owensboro, requires the State Board of Education to establish policies for local school boards which choose to offer elective social studies courses on the Hebrew Texts and New Testament.
“Religious studies serve an important purpose for Kentucky students,” said Rep. Johnson. “The Bible is a historical document that should be treated as such in our school systems. An effective study of the cultural impact of the Bible will greatly enrich our students’ academic lives, and I commend the House for swiftly passing this measure.”
Bible Literacy would be an optional course for public school students, with curriculum set by Kentucky’s Board of Education.
The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration and, if passed, will be signed by the Governor into law.