Public Schools Allow Bible Class For Credit
CHARLOTTE, NC--Madison County School District in Georgia lets high school juniors and seniors enroll in off-campus bible studies for school credit. They say it's freedom of choice. "These classes are not being offered through our school system, that their being outside our school system, our school system has nothing to do with the teacher, has nothing to do with the curriculum, has nothing to do with the location," explained Allen McCannon Superintendent Madison County School District .
Right now 21 students take the class at a nearby church. No tax-payer money is involved, students must pay out-of-pocket for expenses. Religion and Charlotte are synonymous with one another. But Charlotte Mecklenburg schools say that students are not allowed to leave campus for any religious reason and receive credit for it.
C.M.S. School Board Member Dr. Joyce Waddell says she can see it happening here, "you know I think that's a possibility, I think we need to have those conversations about teaching bible." Jerry Levine taught for 38 years, he says if it's open to all religions he'd support it. "If its evangelical if it's trying to convert or prophetalize, I think that would be a mistake because that would violate separation of church and state," said Levine.
Michael Dow teaches scripture to his 2 year old daughter and is in favor of the idea. "I think it's more than okay, you know I know what it's like growing up with some of the circumstances that kids are faced with these days," said Dow.