Religion in public schools is a controversial issue. Recently Texas law makers passed a bill that allows public school administrators in Texas to teach the Bible in class.
As an elective, and again I stress elective because this is not a mandatory course. It's treats the bible as an historic manuscript. And teaches children about that document. Says Drew Darby the 72nd District Representative.
Some students say studying the Bible is a good document to learn.
Central High School Student, Paige Bowie, says, It's a good thing, if that's what they want to do. A lot of people probably won't take it, but the people that do take it will learn a lot.
Jennifer Jackson Standup Bridge: School Administrators say the Bible course isn't about religion it's about developing a well rounded and educated person.
The bible course is really from a literary perspective it's not a religion course, it's not on any one faith, or domination, it does not put one on top of the other. And you're just giving children more knowledge..to be able to take stance for or against something. Says Joanne Rice, Assistant Superintendent.
People who just don't know anything, their parents aren't, that's just how they were raised, it should be in school for them, if they choose to do that. Says Bowie.
The Bible bill goes into effect during the 2009-2010 school year, but San Angelo high school students can take the course this Fall.