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BLOG: Pinellas County FFPS: Faith, Freedom and 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 (12/15/15):  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, Superintendent of Pinellas County 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.
 
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.



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 Superintendent 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 and workshop links: 
  2. Sonya L. March Esq.  is an affiliated attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and assisted the presentation at the Pinellas County School Board.
  3. Other Hisways USA, Inc. Blogs in the series: 
    1. New bill effective July 1, 2017.Blog: FL's Religious Expression Law.  ..  Religious Expression in Public Schools, Senate Bill 436 (2017) - The Florida Senate - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR, EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017. GENERAL BILL by Baxley ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Steube ; Mayfield ; Stargel ; Campbell ; Brandes ; Broxson | Religious Expression in Public Schools; Citing this act as the "Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act"; prohibiting a school district from discriminating against students, parents, or school personnel on the basis of religious viewpoints or expression; prohibiting penalty or reward for a student’s religious expression in coursework, artwork, or other specified assignments; requiring a school district to comply with the federal requirements in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, etc.   See FL Chapter No. 2017-74 < Complete 3 page PDF - EVERY STUDENT AND PARENT SHOULD READ IT, PRINT IT AND CARRY IT.  (If you don't want it printed on 3 full size sheets, try printing these two pdf's on opposite sides of 1 page.  ../2017-74FL-FreeExpressionInSchoolsPg1of2.pdf  and  ../2017-74FL-FreeExpressionInSchoolsPg2of2.pdf .) This law became effective on July 1, 2017.
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    2. BLOG: CEUs for Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop.  (CEUs Presented to some FL state representatives.)
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    3. BLOG: Pinellas County FFPS: Faith, Freedom & Public School Education Workshop. (Presented to the Pinellas County School Board November 17, 2015..) 
      • 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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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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