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Blog: CEUs and Representatives.: Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop.
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 December 16, 2015

The Honorable Jeff Brandes
State Senator, District # 22 
9800 4th Street North   Suite 200
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 563-2100

RE: Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop. (CEUs em1)

Dear Honorable Jeff Brandes: 

      This is a letter to introduce you to a new public school program called 'Faith, Freedom & Educator Workshop' that hopefully can be brought to all of Florida's teachers and administrators in the form of continuing education units (CEUs).  Gateways to Better Education and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) have teamed up for the purpose of educating teachers and administrators about what is legal and illegal about "America's default religion" in the classroom and separation of church and state.  Their Educator Workshop web page (linked above) has a 3 min. video of teacher and administrator testimonies as well as their Seminar Agenda.  Gateways literature indicated that Texas gives 7 CEUs for the workshop.

        Another reason for granting CEUs for the workshop is to encourage our county school boards' legal departments to be proactive regarding the rights of our students' religious expression.  The local teachers I have befriended over the years have never mentioned a school board attorney's workshop or a religion workshop based on the Constitutional principles of the 1st Amendment.  I would like our school boards to have the ability to confront civil liberty threats and prevent potential separation of church and state law suits mostly based on someone feeling "offended" at every innocent religious expression.  I believe the Gateway Education Workshop covering religious liberties would highly benefit students, parents, teachers, school administrators and the community.

      I promoted the Educator Workshop to Pinellas County School Board on November 17th thinking they would appreciate and approve a 1st Amendment civil liberty workshop.  I don't know how it will turn out but presenting it to the school board every year or multiple times a year could become an everlasting task.  I have informally polled some local teachers and administrators, some of which are retired.  There was not an affirmative answer to any of these questions:  Have you ever attended, been notified of or even heard of a 1st Amendment workshop?

      I would like to know what you think about Florida awarding CEUs for the workshop, especially since you are on an education committee.

Sincerely yours,



Richard Klenk,
152 SW Monroe Circle N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
 
Chairman, Hisways USA, Inc.
Hisways phone: 727-521-6012 or
Preferred phone: 727-526-4790



 References and Contacts:
  1. Gateways To Better Education home page with workshop links: 
  2. Sonya L. March Esq. is a Pinellas, FL attorney and an affiliated attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).  She is available for consultation.
  3. Hisways USA, Inc. Blog index page:  http://hisways.org/about/Blog_FFPS_EduCEUs/
  4. Other Hisways USA, Inc. Blogs in the series:
    1. BLOG: CEUs for Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop.  (Presented to some FL state representatives.)
    2. BLOG: Pinellas County FFPS: Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop. (Presented to the Pinellas County School Board.)


 

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