Most Kentucky Public Schools Continue to Allow Bible Reading

The majority of the 204 school districts in Kentucky have not discontinued Bible reading and prayers since the U. S. Supreme Court banned such practices in public schools last year, it was reported here today following a survey conducted by the Kentucky State Department of Education.

The survey showed that 61 of the districts abandoned Bible reading and prayer recitation in the schools while 116 continued these practices. No replies were received from 27 of the districts. The responsibility for the failure of most of the school districts to discontinue the religious practices in the schools was said to be partly due to differing legal opinions from the attorney generals office and among the educators.

Of the 27 districts that adopted definite policies on the question, 11 have authorized Bible reading and prayer in the schools, while 124 districts allow individual teachers to decide.

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