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State says district improperly used Bible in classroom

2 November 1989


Superintendent Verne Duncan has stated that the Lewis and Clark school district has violated the separation of church and state. The lessons that caused the ruling are currently not being taught but if the lessons resume the superintendent has said that the state would have to cease funding to the district. A complaint was filed against the lessons by the American Civil Liberties Union. A parent expressed concerns over the material being taught. District Superintendent John Stuckey said that the lessons were focused on the Bible only for its literary and historical qualities. It was being used to trace the beginning of phrases that are used in common speech. Law says that the Bible can be used in the classroom but Duncan states that the way the lessons were being presented showed the presence of religion.


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