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about bible in the schools 

Since 1922 with little publicity or fanfare, public school students in Hamilton County, TN, have received the opportunity to study the Bible, history’s most influential book, at no cost to taxpayers.

Students

  • For 94 Years - Bible history classes have been a gift to the community since 1922.

  • No Tax DollarsBible history classes are completely funded by the generosity of the community through voluntary contributions.

  • Bible as TextbookAll 5 elective courses are academically rigorous and for credit. 

  • Court ApprovedIn 1980, a federal court affirmed that teaching the Bible in public school is constitutionally permissible. The curriculum meets all legal requirements.

Classes

  • 3,600 StudentsPast studies suggest that one-half of the young people who elect a Bible history class have had little or no previous exposure to the Bible.

  • 250,000 HoursStudents enrolled in Bible history classes will spend thousands of hours each year in a rigorous study of the Bible.

  • Knowledge DoublesLast year, pre-test / post-test scores demonstrate that a student’s knowledge of the portion of the Bible they studied doubles.

  • Challenging Curriculum - Middle school students study Genesis (6th grade), Exodus (7th grade), and the Life of Jesus (8th grade, using Luke). High school students study Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey.

Teachers

  • 16 TeachersAll teachers are employees of Hamilton County Department of Education and are selected by the school principals.

  • 19 SchoolsClasses are offered as electives in middle and high school grades.

  • Over $1,000,000The full cost to fund Bible history in the Hamilton County public schools for the 2015-2016 was over $1 million.

  • Observable ChangeTeachers report observable changes in student attitude, behavior, and beliefs as a result of taking a Bible history course.

  • 34% Students With No Access - Over 7,500 students attend a Hamilton County school where there is NO access to a Bible history teacher. 


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