AUSTIN (AP) -- Four State Board of Education members arepromoting a Bible curriculum for Texas public schools that has beencriticized as favoring certain Christian views and has alreadylanded some districts in court.
An e-mail to school districts encouraged local control indeciding which Bible courses to adopt, but it went on to recommenda curriculum that some officials are predicting will lead to morelawsuits.
The e-mail was sent by board members Terri Leo of Spring,Barbara Cargill of The Woodlands, Cynthia Dunbar of Richmond andGail Lowe of Lampasas.
The e-mail threw its support behind the National Council OnBible Curriculum In Public Schools. Supporters say it has beensuccessful in several school districts and meets state curriculumguidelines.
But Mark Chancey in the Southern Methodist University religiondepartment says the curriculum favors Protestant perspectives ofthe Bible at the expense of others. He calls the e-mail"jawdropping."
Lowe says the e-mail was an effort to inform and reaffirm thatthe curriculum has been around for a number of years and has alwayssatisfied the state's requirements for electives. Leo, Cargill andDunbar did not respond to requests for comment.
Last March, Odessa's Ector County Independent School Districtended a lawsuit with a settlement requiring the school system todrop the national council's course.
Chancey says a Florida judge ruled against the National Councilon Bible Curriculum in Public Schools 10 years ago.
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