Bible Classes In Public Schools Are Waning

10.31.11 |

  For decades, Christians have been trying to get a little more "God" in the curriculum at public schools. But the effort is not going well. In 2006, Georgia became the first state to allow Bible education classes in modern public schools, But the economy is taking its toll on its program, and schools are having a hard time paying teachers, heating bills, and electricity. 48 districts offered the class when they started, now just 16 do. 4 other states: Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Oklahoma have adopted similiar classes, but leave it up to local districts as to whether or not they want to teach them-- and pay for them. Virginia-based Christian textbook company the Bible Literacy Project, which has sold its textbook to more than 500 schools in 43 states, says sales are waning. They say before the recession, the debate was "whether or not the classes are legal, but now the main objection is money."