|VA||To governor 02/2014||P-12||Religious Viewpoint Expression|
Codifies the right of students to (i) voluntarily pray or engage in religious activities or religious expression before, during, and after the school day in the same manner and to the same extent that students may engage in nonreligious activities or expressio...
|MO||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||Use of Books of a Religious Nature in Schools|
Provides that books of a religious nature may be used as part of instruction in elective courses in literature and history, so long as the books are not used in a manner that violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constit...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||School District Recognition of Traditional Winter Celebrations|
Permits school districts to educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations, and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, including "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hanukkah". Permits a dist...
|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 educational institutions, such as University of California, California
State University, and California Community Colle...
|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 religious student group any benefit available to any other student group based on the religious student group's requireme...
|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 expression in class assignments, to organize religious groups and activitives, and provide a limited public forum for stud...
|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, or work requirement on a particular day, be excused from any such examination, study, or work requirement and be provi...
|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 access or fair opportunity to any student organization on basis of religious content. Provides religious student organi...
|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 not violate the student's religious creed, except when it would impose an undue hardship that could not reasonably have...
|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 any benefit available to any other student group based on the religious
student group's requirement that its leaders or m...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2011||Postsec.|
Prohibits public universities and community colleges from discriminating against, adopting policies that penalize or punish, or withholding a certificate or degree from a student based on the student's religious viewpoint, expression or belief. Specifies cour...
|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 observances required by the faith of a student or the student's parents; provides that the student's parents may be require...
|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 the same manner the district treats a student's voluntary expression of a secular or other viewpoint on an otherwise pe...
|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 on the New Testament and its impact; or an elective course that teaches students knowledge of biblical content, characte...
|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 the basis of a religious viewpoint or religious expression; permits students to participate in prayer or engage in reli...
|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 encouraged, and have the opportunity, to read and study the founding documents of America that are pertinent to understanding ...
|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 request of a city, parish, or school board, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall allow and assist te...
|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 study of the Bible. Any LEA that elects to offer the Bible course and utilize an approved textbook would be required to...
|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 or oral assignments may not be
discriminated against based on the content of the submission but shall be judged by ordin...
|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 appropriations and revenue the following information for those fiscal court applications received by the transportation ...
|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 tests at their regular administration due to religious observance.
|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 school day with the participation of all pupils assembled. Provides that this period may not be conducted as a religious...
|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 Testament era and an elective course teaching the history and literature of the New Testament era; provides that such c...
|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 authorizing the school district to adopt and implement a policy that establishes a limited public forum, provides certain disc...
|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 and an elective course on the New
Testament and its impact, or an elective course that combines those two courses. (b) P...
|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 beyond high school, or education for transfer to institutions of higher learning. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/200...
|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 include those that are instituted and maintained by an ecclesiastical or religious order, society, corporation, or corporation...
|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 to display the mottoes in school buildings.
U.S. motto: "In God We Trust" Ohio motto: "With God, All Things Are Possible"...
|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 the New Testament
Era. Requires the state board, by February 2007, to adopt a curriculum for each course, including obje...
|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 prayer-oriented school activities for which the Board of Education, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General,...
|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 revising the Standards of Quality, language was inadvertently altered during the 2004 Session.
|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 the state's schools. Under the Initiative, students must be informed that
although most scientists agree that Darwin's the...
|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 private school; and that athletic teams from public schools cannot be prohibited from participating in an athletic event hel...
|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 pupil, the pupil, upon the parent or guardian's written request, shall be excused from the part of the instruction that...
|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 a duplication in numbering, reads as follows: Principals and teachers in each public elementary and secondary school of...
|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 must excuse a student from attending classes or other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a...
|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 district shall provide for the observance of one minute of silence during each school day at each school in the district....
|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 school in the district. Also requires local boards to require require students, once during each school day at each sc...
|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 plan to major in theology, divinity, or religious education. http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/RECORD/03RS/HB40/bill.doc...
|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 public schools to voluntarily engage in individually initiated, non-disruptive prayer that is not sponsored, promoted, ...
|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 message by a student at a high school graduation exercise; provides the conditions under which this message may be delivered...
|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 each day for the purpose of allowing each student, in the exercise of his or her individual choice, to reflect, meditate, ...
|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 "Religious Expression in Public Schools" published by the U.S. Department of Education. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/se...
|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 secondary schools; prohibits the Departments of General Services from purchasing religious materials on behalf of a privat...
|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 moral, philosophical, or patriotic theme; prohibits boards of education, schools, or employees of the school district fro...
|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-initiated, student-led prayer at any time before, during or after the school day as long as such prayer is nonsectarian, nonco...
|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 the national motto, "In God We Trust". http://alisdb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/searchableinstruments/2002rs/resolution...
|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 conspicuous place, in each of their schools for all students to read. Governor's recommendations were to change language...
|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 schools to conduct a moment of silence for certain purpose; requires certain instruction in United States flag etiquette an...
|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 athletic events and graduation ceremonies; deletes language stating that provisions relating to the period of quiet refle...
|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 elementary and secondary schools to display the "In God We Trust" motto of the United States of America in each classroom, schoo...
|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 comparative religion class that focuses on the basic tenets, history, and religious observances and rites of world religions in th...
|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 Mechanical University; provides for initiative to promote community development through partnerships with community and faith-...
|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 displaying other documents of historical significance that formed and influenced the United States legal or governmental system...
|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 original documents reflecting American history, which may include the Ten Commandments; permits cost of posting and maintaining...
|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 public schools of Virginia. No other activities may be allowed during this time. The Office of the Attorney General must p...
|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 school building; provides that such posting is not an illegal act but a legal posting of a historical document....