Which was the last of the 50 United States to require by law that the Bible be read at the beginning of every school day, and in what year was the law rescinded?
#102580. Asked by queproblema. (Jan 26 09 9:45 AM)
I don't know the answer to this question, but I know Bible reading was mandatory in Florida public schools through the 1963-1964 term--I was there.|
The Wiki link above says,
"Like four other states, Pennsylvania law included a statute compelling school districts to perform Bible readings in the mornings before class. Twenty-five states had laws allowing 'optional' Bible reading, with the remainder having no laws supporting or rejecting Bible reading. In eleven of those states with laws supportive of Bible reading or state-sponsored prayer, courts had declared them unconstitutional (Boston, 1993, p. 101)."
Florida was one of the other four, and, over strenuous objections from the overwhelming majority of parents and the public, was forced by the June 1, 1964 Chamberlin v. Dade County Board of Public Instruction decision in the Florida Supreme Court to comply beginning with the 1964-1965 school year.
When did Pennsylvania and the other three states rescind their laws, and which were those states? Perhaps Florida was the last...I don't know.
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