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Sunday, June 17, 2018

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Catholic Conference of Ohio Testifies in Support of Religious Liberty in Schools

HB 425 seeks to clarify that students have the rights of religious conscience

  • Requires public schools to give students who wish to meet for the purpose of religious expression the same access to school facilities given to secular student groups, without regard to the content of the expression.

  • Removes a provision that permits a school district to limit the exercise or expression of religion to lunch periods or other noninstructional time periods.

  • Authorizes students enrolled in public schools to engage in religious expression before, during, and after school hours in the same manner and to the same extent that a student may engage in secular activities or expression before, during, and after school hours.

  • Prohibits public schools from restricting a student from engaging in religious expression in the completion of homework, artwork, or other assignments.

  • Prohibits public schools from rewarding or penalizing a student based on the religious content of the student's homework, artwork, or other assignments.

Catholic Conference of Ohio's Testimony on HB 425