'Religious release' measure for Knox County Schools fails

Published: Dec. 11, 2019 at 6:13 PM EST
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Knox County officials voted no on the "religious release" rule for schools on Wednesday night.

A Tennessee

excuses student to attend an hour-long released time course in religious moral instruction authorized by a local school district.

On December 11, the Knox County Board of Education voted on the measure, which would allow parents to opt-in to such programs at schools in the area.

Some Knox County School Board members told WVLT Superintendent Bob Thomas gave the okay to

at Sterchi Elementary after the Elgin Foundation and The Church at Sterchi Hills approached the school about the opportunity.

The program drew support and criticism.

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