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Blog: CEUs for Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop.

Update  9/25/17:  
XVII. Blogs: 1st Amend.   These three blogs indicate the activity of and links to Faith, Freedom & Public Schools 2015-2017 projects: 
  1. Pinellas County, FL School Board,   (a.k.a. /Blog_FFPS_Educator Workshop/ )   [This Faith, Freedom & Public Schools (FFPS) activity and Blog was discontinued because it's target has been redirected to FL state authorities in  # 3. below.]
  2. CEUs for Teachers and Administrators,  (a.k.a.  /Blog_FFPS_Educator CEUs )   [This FFPS activity and Blog began at the state level and became more relevant and more necessary as a result of the FL legislature passing the Freedom Law in  # 3. below, which became effective on July 1, 2017.  This activity and Blog has been redirected with renewed interest to #-3 below. ]
  3. New FL's Religious Freedom in Public Schools Law.  As a result of this new law The Faith & Freedom in Public Schools Workshop initiative is highly valued and now more important for the FL school personnel; and, so is the potential for awarding FL CEUs for the Workshop or CEUs for its equivalent.
Related link:  /Church vs State Tyranny/


Click this link to go to their Workshop page with a 3 min. video and teacher testimonies.Abstract:  This is the background information on Faith, Freedom & Public Schools Workshops and Continuing Education Units CEUs for teachers and administrators.  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 Hisways USA, Inc. did on, November 17, 2015.  Also in Gateways' 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 to the Florida legislature.

      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 school personnel and SCOTUS' Separation of Church and State.  Their workshop is 3.5 hours long.  I think Florida needs a bill like Texas' that allows 7 continuning education units (CEU) for completing the workshop.
 
      As chronicled in BLOG: Pinellas County FFPS Hisways promoted the Educator Workshop to Pinellas County School Board thinking they would appreciate a workshop that could defend schools and confront the biased, threating and meritless demand letters from some atheist organizations.  The school board attorney did not seem impressed.  The local teachers I have known over the years and have questioned regarding activities in their classroom and school have never mentioned a school board attorney's Constitutional workshop, Bill of Rights or religion workshop; maybe because there isn't any.  Usually the teachers default response is silence in the classroom unless asked a specific religious question.  And by religion I'm suggesting Jude-Christian subject matter since there is no threat from atheists in teaching any other religion.
Some CURRENT reasons to have the 1st Amendment workshop and avoid expensive law suits.
  1. Assaults on Religious Freedom Are Not in Your Head: Hostility to Religion in the U.S. Show 76 Percent Increase in Past 3 Years   (Washington, DC) - [Family Research Council] Today, Family Research Council released Hostility to Religion: The Growing Threat to Religious Liberty in America, a report documenting dozens of new incidents of government hostility to religion in America in just the past three years.  The updated report, with 69 cases added since 2014, finds a 76 percent increase in religious freedom violations since the first edition. The report is available as a free download at www.ReligiousHostility.org .
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 shelved 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.

Here are our current activities in chronological order.

Senator Jeff Brandes
08/14/17  A reminder of CEU units request was included in a recent email regarding FL's new religious expression law for school personnel.  see this blog ( ../Blog_FL_Religious_Expression/ and/or that blog's Email #3 which was sent to:
      The Honorable Jeff Brandes, State Senator, Dist. 22
01/07/16  Email (CEU em2) with reply here: (CEU em3 Reply ) 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

Representative Larry Ahern
12/15/15, Initial email (#1) without a 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. is an Pinellas County resident and attorney affiliated with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF & email).
  3. Hisways USA, Inc. This Blog page:  http://hisways.org/about/Blog_FFPS_EduCEUs/index.html
  4. 04/27/16, (PCSB-Wkshop em3) Rejection email of the Faith, Freedom and Public School Education Workshop from the School Board Attorney.  How many other Florida school board attorneys have the same excuses?
  5. Other Hisways USA, Inc. Blogs in the series: 
    1. New bill effective July 1, 2017.Blog: FL's Religious Expression Law.  Great law for students and school personnel.
    2. BLOG: CEUs for Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop.  (Presented to some FL state representatives.)   /Blog_FFPS_EduCEUs/
    3. BLOG: Pinellas County FFPS: Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop. (Presented to the Pinellas County School Board.)
      • 04/27/16, (PCSB-Wkshop em3) Rejection email of the Faith, Freedom and Public School Education Workshop from the School Board Attorney.  How many other Florida school board attorneys have the same excuses?
 
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