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Source: istock

Ohio bill could allow student answers to be scientifically wrong if they're religious


The Republican-controlled House in Ohio has passed a bill that could prohibit public schools from penalizing students for providing scientifically inaccurate answers to questions if that answer contains religious beliefs according to opponents. Critics believe that this could allow students to turn in homework stating that the earth is 10,000 years old and prohibit teachers from taking marks away. 

According to Cleveland.com, the Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019 would: 

  • "Require public schools to give students the same access to facilities if they want to meet for religious expression as they’d give secular groups."
  • "Remove a provision that allows school districts to limit religious expression to lunch periods or other non-instructional times."