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"Returning the Bible and Wisdom principles to our public school children under the 1st Amendment."

Blog: 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.  

This page is a tracking news weblog page that monitors the progress of Gateways' Workshop as we correspond with Dr. Grego and the school board via email.  The results of this blog hopefully will result in an annual Faith, Freedom and Public School Education Workshop for Pinellas County educators and a similar 1.5 hr. seminar for parents.
 
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 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.



10/20/16,  The School Board attorney is not to thrilled about the program.  We will try a different way or try again at a later date.

04/27/16, (em3)  Rejection email of the Faith, Freedom and Public School Education Workshop from School Board Attorney David Koperski speaking for Dr. Grego. 

01/07/16, (em2) Email of the Faith, Freedom and Public School Education Workshop to:  Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Grego  (super@pcsb.org) Pinellas County School Board as a follow up to em1 seeking the progress or status of the FFPS Workshop .

12/15/15, (em1) Introductory email to:  Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Grego  (super@pcsb.org) Pinellas County School Board following the presentation to the SB on 11/17/15.  There was no reply or acknowledgement.


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



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Miscellaneous statutes of interest that may apply.
Florida State Laws   http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/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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