School credit proposed for religious activities

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A bill passed by the Ohio House would give high-school students a chance to get class credit for religious activities they attend during regular school hours.

The bill approved Wednesday would give school boards authority to excuse students from school to receive religious instruction with parental permission in classes conducted at churches or by others at no cost to the schools. Students could get two class credits for the activities.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1j8VkTq ) reports that school boards could approve the curriculum, hours of class time, testing methods and instructor qualifications. School districts could not spend any public funds on religious education, including transportation.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, objected to the "religious purpose" of the bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com