Iowa Bill Would Authorize Elective Bible Course in Public Schools
DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill has been introduced in the Iowa legislature that would authorize school districts in the state to create an elective course on the Bible as a social studies class.
“Basically, I want to give students the opportunity to study the Bible from the perspective of its impact on history and culture,” sponsor Rep. Dean Fisher, R- Montour, told the Des Moines Register.
House File 2031 would allow the course to be offered to interested students in high school settings, but would not mandate that districts do so.
“This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules establishing course standards for elective social studies courses on the Hebrew Scriptures or the New Testament of the Bible,” the bill outlines in part. “The bill authorizes a school district to offer and teach such a course to students in grades 9 through 12 if the district’s school improvement advisory committee recommends and the board of directors of the school district approves, the course.”