First Amendment Advocate, Vol. 4, No. 1, August 2003
The Newsletter of the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United
Worries about Bethany Public Schools
by Jim Shields
I worry about the Bethany Public Schools.
about so many of the teachers being from that one church.
I worry about the wisdom of selling an auditorium, gymnasium, and school facility covering an entire city block to the dominating local church.
I worry about increasing traffic congestion as out-of-district transfer students come and go to Bethany Public Schools.
I worry about whether the Bethany school board intended to expand their schools beyond what was needed for the districtís stable student population.
I worry about the Bethany Public School Districtís apparent lack of regard for the integrity of surrounding school districts.
I worry about the appearance of church dominance of the Bethany Public School system because 90% of their funding comes from state (81%) and federal sources (9%).
I worry about whether laid-off workers and teachers from other schools districts think they need to join a certain church to have a chance of landing a job in the Bethany Public Schools.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereofĒ
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