the Bible and Wisdom principles to our public school children under the
Amendment." Faith, Freedom & Public
School Education Workshop.
Dr. Michael A. Grego firstname.lastname@example.org,
Superintendent Pinellas County Schools
301 Fourth St. SW
Largo, FL 33770
RE: Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop.
Dear Dr. Michael A. Grego,
November 17, 2015, if you remember, I spoke to the
school board to introduce a new public school program
called Faith, Freedom
and Public School Education Workshop ( http://www.gtbe.org/news/index.php/5/27.html )
that hopefully can be made available to our Pinellas County teachers
program was developed by Dr. Eric Buehrer, President of Gateways
To Better Education
cooperation with the Alliance Defending
law firm who believe
that "students have more freedom to express their faith than you may
realize." It is a 3.5
hr workshop designed to instruct teachers and administrators
about what's legal and
illegal about "America's default religion" in the classroom or to quote
them "Addressing the
Bible and Christianity Without Mixing Church and State".
Their Educator Workshop web
page (linked above) has a 3 min. video of teacher and administrator
testimonies as well as their
advertising the workshop is to encourage your legal department
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 am sure that you would like to counter civil liberty
threats and prevent potential separation of church
and state law suits mostly
based on someone feeling "offended" at every
expression. I believe the Gateway
Education Workshop and their 1.5 hour Parent Seminar covering similar
liberties would highly benefit students, parents, teachers and
is any hesitation toward scheduling the Education
Workshop based on it's own merit and value, the staff and volunteers of
Hisways USA, Inc. would be
glad to issue a petition throughout the county as an
affirmation of pubic support.
We have previous experience with grassroots petitioning the
board. In 2007 regarding a
comprehensive Model School Board Religion Policy, see blog:
re: Progress of Community
Petition to Pinellas County School Board Regarding The Liberty
Counsel's 'Model Policy On
Religion', we successfully presented petitions for
the 'Model School Board Religion
Policy' which became Policy #2270 in the 2009
board's rewrite which is online: Assessment,
Accountability and Research /
District Bylaws and Board Policy web page (and pdf
format). While that is an
excellent policy, it might not sufficiently explain the finer legal
our parents, teachers and
administrators. One of the speakers at the May 8, 2007
meeting for the Religion Policy was Sonya L. March Esq.
(SonyaLMarch(AT)gmail.com). She is an affiliated attorney
with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and is
available for consultation. Contact info. for
Gateways is http://www.gtbe.org/contact/
reminder that Religious
Freedom Day is January
16th, 2016. A very unique American attribute, acknowledged by
many of our Presidents for that specific 1st Amendment liberty.
I can't think of another civil liberty amendment that has
it's own day of honor.
152 SW Monroe Circle N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Chairman, Hisways USA, Inc.
727-521-6012 or 727-526-4790