Few Georgia high schools offer Bible classes

By: ATLANTA, Ga. (AP)
By: ATLANTA, Ga. (AP)


ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia educators say students are more interested in taking SAT prep classes than Bible courses.

Two years ago, Georgia became the first state in the country to allow publicly funded Bible classes when lawmakers passed a groundbreaking law. But Georgia educators say students are more interested in taking SAT prep classes than Bible courses.

But interest has been minimal. Many districts say students aren't interested in a non-devotional course about the Bible. And some districts have avoided offering the classes because of concerns about lawsuits.

During the 2007-08 school year -- the first year the state allowed the classes -- just 37 of the Georgia's 440 high schools offered Bible as an elective. The state won't have numbers for this school year until June.


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