Bible in the Schools gives $1.7 million for Bible history program in Hamilton County

Members of the Bible in the Schools presented Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson with a check of $1.7 million as reimbursement for the 2019-2020 Bible History elective program. / (Photo courtesy of Bible in the Schools)

The Bible in the Schools organization has given $1.7 million to Hamilton County Schools as reimbursement for the 2019-2020 Bible history elective program, according to a news release.

Bible history classes are allowed in the county's public middle and high schools per a 1980 federal court ruling, which allows the teaching of for-credit Bible History electives, saying they "are constitutionally permissible," according to a news release from the organization.

"The Hamilton County Bible history curricular framework is court approved and aligns with the Tennessee Department of Education's state academic standards," the release states.

Superintendent Bryan Johnson said through the release that the history program, available for students as an elective in grades 6-12, "equips students to recognize the many cultural connections between an ancient text and our modern world."

"The Hamilton County Schools leadership team is grateful for its strong community partnership with Bible in the Schools, especially for the continued financial support from the greater Chattanooga community, whose generosity has funded the program and enriched the lives of thousands of students."