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Blog: CEUs for Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop.
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Click this link to go to their Workshop page with a 3 min. video and teacher testimonies. Abstract:  In the Hisways October eNewsLetter (here) and again in November (here) we advertised a new program by Dr. Eric Buechrer at Gateways to Better Education.  It is called Faith, Freedom and Public School Education Workshop.  The Hisways newsletter suggested that we (parents and citizens) take this new program to the local school board which we did on, November 17, 2015.  Also in their literature they announced that the Texas state legislature approved the Faith, Freedom and Public School Education Workshop for 7 continuing education units (CEUs) for teachers.  We believe that is a good idea and want to promote it here in Florida.

      This blog is a series of email letters to my FL state representatives to introduce them to a new public school program called Faith, Freedom & Educator Workshop that hopfully can be brought to Florida's teachers and administrators.  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 permitted regarding teachers and Separation of Church and State.  Their workshop is 3.5 hours long.  I think FL needs a bill like Texas to allow continuning education units (CEU) for completing the workshop.  Texas gives 7 CEUs for the workshop.  I think FL needs a bill like Texas has.
      I promoted the Educator Workshop to Pinellas County School Board today thinking they would appreciate a workshop that could confront the biased and threating demand letters from several athiest organizations.  The school board attorney did not seem impressed.  The local teachers I have known over the years have never mentioned a school board  attorney's Constitutional workshop or a religion workshop maybe because there isn't any.  The teachers default response was silence in the classroom.  

Other CURRENT reasons to have the 1st Amendment workshop and avoid expensive law suits.
  1. Florida High School Athletics Association bans prayer | Examiner.com January 27, 2016 In Tampa Florida, the Florida High School Athletics Association seems to have established itself as the arbiter of free speech when it comes to public prayer at games sanctioned by the high school sports organization. ... The FHSAA officials who apparently have no problem with the religious connotations of a Hail Mary pass have informed administrators from ...
  2. OK state senator authors bill to allow Bible as classroom subject Monday, January 26, 2015 | Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)| An Oklahoma state senator has introduced a bill that would protect public schools from lawsuits when the Bible is taught as history. Mustang Public Schools shel 2 of ?the idea of teaching the Bible as history after two atheist groups claimed that would be unconstitutional. The class would be an elective and not mandatory. Sen. Kyle Loveless says the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that's not unconstitutional and his bill would protect public schools from lawsuits. ... "The class on the Bible that deals with its historical and literary effect on our nation and world is perfectly permitted under the First Amendment," he claims, adding that it is not a violation of church and state.


Senator Representative
01/07/16  Email (#2) without reply: (here) to:
     The Honorable Jeff Brandes, State Senator, Dist. 22
12/15/15, Initial email (#1) without reply: (here) to:
     The Honorable Jeff Brandes, State Senator, Dist. 22
     (727) 563-2100
12/15/15, Initial email (#1) with reply: (here) to:
    The Honorable Larry Ahern, State Rep., Dist. 66
    (727) 395-2512
     <larry.ahern(AT)myfloridahouse.gov>



Sincerely yours,

staff, Hisways™ USA, Inc.




  References:

  1. Gateways To Better Education home page with workshop links: 
  2. Sonya L. March Esq. (SonyaLMarch(AT)gmail.com) is an affiliated attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)
  3. Hisways USA, Inc. This Blog page:  /Blog_FFPS_EduCEUs/


 
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Miscellaneous statutes of interest that may apply.
Florida State Laws  http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes
1002.20 K-12 student and parent rights
   
1002.205 Guidelines on religious expression; distribution
1003.42 Required instruction
  
1003.421 Recitation of the Declaration of Independence
1003.44 Patriotic programs; rules
1003.45 Permitting study of the Bible and religion; permitting brief meditation period  


 
 


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