Arkansas panel rejects Bible course requirement for schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel has rejected a bill that requires public schools offer an elective course on the Bible if students request one.

The Senate Education Committee on Friday rejected the bill that would have required a public school to offer the academic study of the Bible if at least 15 students request one.

A 2013 Arkansas law allows public schools to offer an elective course on the Bible but doesn’t require schools to do so. A handful of schools around the state currently offer the course.

The course would have been taught in what the legislation calls a “nondevotional manner with no attempt made to indoctrinate students.”

The House approved the measure last week.

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