|CA||Signed into law 05/2013||Postsec.||Sikhism in Postsecondary Instruction|
Recognizes the need for the inclusion of Sikhism in world religions, Eastern religions, Asian, and South Asian courses at all postsecondary...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Bible Course|
Allows school districts to adopt curriculum standards for an academic study of The Bible course that may be offered as an elective course.
|ID||Signed into law 03/2013||Postsec.||Equal Campus Freedoms for Religious Groups|
Provides an amendement so that no state postsecondary educational institution will take any action or enforce any policy that would deny a r...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013|
Provides for voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints in public schools. Requires public school districts to allow religious ex...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2012||Postsec.||Postsecondary Students and Religious Observance|
Requires that any student who, because of his/her religious beliefs, is unable to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study...
|TN||Vetoed 05/2012||Postsec.||Student Organizations|
Prohibits state higher education institutions and private institutions receiving more than $24 million in state subsidies from denying equal...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2011||Postsec.||"Undue Hardship" in Terms of Rescheduling College Exam to Accommodate Religious Observance|
Defines "undue hardship" for purposes of allowing a student at a California State University campus to take an exam when that activity would...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2011||Postsec.||Prohibition of Denying Benefits to a Religious Student Group|
H.B. 153 - Prohibition of Denying Benefits to a Religious Student Group
Prohibits a state institution of higher education from taking any action or enforcing any policy that would deny a religious student group a...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2011||Postsec.|
Prohibits public universities and community colleges from discriminating against, adopting policies that penalize or punish, or withholding ...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2010||P-12|
|Excused Absences For Religious Observances|
Requires principals, community colleges and universities to authorize a minimum of two excused absences each academic year for religious obs...
|SC||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act|
Requires school districts to treat a student's voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint, if any, on an otherwise permissible subject in...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||High School Course on the Bible|
Authorizes districts to offer an elective high school course on the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and its impact and an elective course ...
|AZ||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Religious liberty|
Creates the Students' Religious Liberties Act; prohibits a public educational institution from discriminating against students or parents on...
|OK||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Founding Documents; Religious Materials|
Directs each school district to adopt a policy, with grade-level-appropriate instructional levels, that assures that all students are encour...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Science Education and Instruction|
Creates the Science Education Act; relates to curriculum and instruction in public elementary and secondary schools; provides that, upon req...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Nonreligious Academic Study of the Bible|
Authorizes the state board of education to approve a curriculum for an elective state-funded course of a nonsectarian, nonreligious academic...
|VA||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Religious Viewpoints|
From fiscal impact statement: Provides that a student's voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint in homework, artwork or other written ...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Transportation of Nonpublic School Students|
By September 30 of each year, requires the secretary of the transportation cabinet to report to the general assembly's interim committee on ...
|NJ||Signed into law 03/2008||Postsec.|
|Alternative Testing Arrangements|
Pertains to institutions of higher education. Requires alternative testing arrangements be provided to certain students unable to attend tes...
|IL||Veto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 10/2007||P-12||Period of Silence|
Amends the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act. Provides that a teacher must observe a brief period of silence at the opening of every ...
|SC||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Teaching History and Literature of the Old Testament|
Provides that the board of trustees of any state school district may offer an elective course teaching the history and literature of the Old...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Religious Expression at School|
Clarifies the first amendment rights of students at school by codifying current court decisions regarding religious expression and by author...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Elective Course in Religion|
Authorizes districts to offer to students in grade nine or above an elective course on the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and its impact ...
|MI||Signed into law 09/2006||Postsec.|
|Religious College State Regulation Exemption|
Exempts religious colleges from state regulation of educational programs offering degrees, diplomas or
certificates based on education beyon...
|MI||Signed into law 09/2006||Postsec.|
|Religious or Ecclesiastical Educational Corporations|
Revises the provisions of existing law regulating educational corporations; provides for an educational corporation classification to includ...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Assessments on days of Religious Observation|
Directs the board of regents to schedule any state mandated examinations on days other than days of religious observation....
|OH||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Posting of Ohio and U.S. Mottos|
Requires school districts and community schools that receive donated copies of mottoes of the United State of America or the state of Ohio t...
|GA||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Courses on the Old and New Testament|
Authorizes high schools to offer elective courses in the History and Literature of the Old Testament Era and the History and Literature of t...
|VA||Vetoed 04/2006||P-12||Guidelines for Graduation Ceremonies|
Relates to high school baccalaureate ceremonies; includes school division sanctioning of high school baccalaureate ceremonies among the pray...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Comparative Religion Class Authority|
S.B. 62, H.B. 215
Reallocates the duty to authorize a comparative religion class from local school boards to the Board of Education. In the process of revisin...
|NV||Died 03/2006||P-12||Truth in Science Initiative|
The Truth in Science Initiative (Initiative) proposes to add a new section to the Constitution regarding
how evolution is to be taught in th...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Prayer and Private Schools|
Provides that state law may not prohibit a private school from conducting a prayer prior to an athletic event held on the campus of the priv...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Curriculum Excusal on Religious Grounds|
A.B. 2525 (multiple provisions)
Provides that if any part of a school's instruction in health conflicts with the religious training and beliefs of a parent or guardian of a...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||In God We Trust and E Pluribus Unum|
Part of this bill adds a new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 24-106.1 of Title 70, unless there is created...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2003||Postsec.||Religious Holy Day Excused Absences|
Relates to excused absences for religious holy days for students in institutions of higher education. An institution of higher education mu...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12|
|United States National Motto Display in Schools|
Relates to the display of the United States national motto in public elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education....
|TX||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Observance of One Minute of Silence|
Relates to the observance of one minute of silence during the school day in public schools; provides the board of trustees of each school di...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Observance of One Minute of Silence|
Requires the board of trustees of each school district to provide for the observance of one minute of silence during each school day at each...
|ND||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||National Motto in Schools|
Allows the display of the national motto "In God We Trust" in schools. http://www.state.nd.us/lr/assembly/58-2003/bill_text/DBBK0300.pdf...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2003||Postsec.||Student Financial Aid|
Deletes references that prohibit the use of student financial aid funds, including Education Excellence Scholarship funds, for students who ...
|UT||Adopted 09/2002||P-12||Patriotic Education|
Requires Utah public schools to display the United States national motto, consistent with state law. UTAH REG 25218 (SN)...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Silent Reflection Act|
Amends the Silent Reflection Act. Changes the short title of the Act to the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act. Allows students in the...
|SC||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Graduation Messages|
Authorizes the governing body of a school board or school district to adopt a policy that permits the use of a brief opening or closing mess...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Moment of Silence|
The each board of education is required to ensure that the public schools within the district observe approximately one minute of silence ea...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Education Code Re-Write: Federal Religious Expression in Public Schools Guidelines|
Requires department to annually distribute to all local board members, superintendents principals and teachers the complete guidelines on "R...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12|
|Purchasing of Materials for Private K-12 and Postsecondary Schools|
Authorizes the Department of General Services to purchase materials, supplies and equipment on behalf of specified private elementary and se...
|OH||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Moment of Silence|
Permits the board of education of a school district to provide for a period of silence each school day for reflection or meditation upon a m...
|LA||Vetoed 04/2002||P-12||Voluntary Student Prayer in Bossier Parish|
Forbids any public elementary or secondary school student in Bossier Parish to be prohibited from participating in voluntary, student-initia...
|LA||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Silent Prayer or Meditation|
Requires that school prayer or meditation be silent....
|AL||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||The Use of "In God We Trust" in Schools.|
Urges the State Superintendent of Education and State Board of Education to encourage principals and teachers in public schools to display t...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Posting "In God We Trust"|
H.B. 108, S.B. 608
Requires all school boards to post the statement, "In God We Trust, the national motto, enacted by Congress in 1956," prominently and in a c...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Moment of Silence, Pledge of Allegiance|
Relates to schools; designates November 11 as Veterans Day; requires public schools to conduct and observe Veterans Day programs; allows sch...
|AL||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Quiet Reflection|
Relates to school athletic events and graduation ceremonies; provides a brief period of quiet reflection required at the opening of school a...
|MT||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Student Release Time For Religious Instruction|
Allows a school district to be determine the amount of time for which a student may be released from school for religious instruction....
|ND||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Ten Commandments|
Relates to the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools and public school buildings and events....
|ND||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Religious and secular speech in schools|
Relates to religious and secular speech in schools and repeals section relating to periods of silence during a school day....
|MS||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Requirement for Daily Period of Quiet Reflection|
Authorizes a brief period of quiet reflection in public school classrooms; authorizes and directs principals and teachers in public elementa...
|VA||Signed into law 02/2001||P-12||Religion Classes|
Requires the Board of Education to authorize, as an elective in grades 9 through 12 with appropriate credits toward graduation, a comparativ...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12|
|Community/Faith Based Cooperation|
Creates Community and Faith-based Organizations initiative within Institute on Urban Policy and Commerce at Florida Agricultural and Mechan...
|IN||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Ten Commandments|
Authorizes the display of the Ten Commandments on real property owned by the state or a political subdivision as part of an exihibit display...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Ten Commandments and Other Historical documents|
Requests the Kentucky Board Of Education to encourage teachers and school administrators to post and teach from historic displays of origina...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Moment of Silence/Prayer|
Requires school boards to establish daily moments of silence for meditation, prayer or other silent activity in every classroom in the publi...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Ten Commandments|
Permits schools to display the Ten Commandments....
|KY||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Ten Commandments|
Requires a liability insurer to pay according to the terms of the policy an insured who is sued for posting the Ten Commandments in a public...