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Springboro Board Discusses Controversial Constitution Issue
SPRINGBORO -- More controversy coming out of the Springboro school board over a couple of classes being offered to the public on the Constitution. Many believe the groups teaching the classes have a religious and political agenda that they want to permanently insert into the high school curriculum.
The National Center for Constitutional Studies is teaching a one day seminar.
Institute on the Constitution is the group teaching a 12-week course, that meets one day a week. Both claim to be non-partisan and non-religious, however their websites talk about prayer, God, and the Bible.
Most parents at Thursday night's board meeting believe those groups are Tea Party based. They believe the majority of the school board is biased. In fact the school board president is also president of the Warren County Tea Party. One parent called for her resignation at the meeting.
"I request you resign your position as school board president immediately because of the conflict of interest and religious convictions," said a concerned parent, Garlene Hamilton.
A select few parents do support the district hosting two Constitution classes, being offered to the public is summer. Those opposed believe the groups running the courses have right wing, religious motives.
"The phrase separation of church and state isn't in the Constitution," said another parent John Brooks.
"That's where our problem is, members of the board. This is a right wing, Tea Party organization you're bringing in," said another parent.
The material may be integrated into high school curriculum next year, which the board says is a necessity to comply with new state law.
"They complained because the courses weren't evaluated and now they're complaining because we're opening them up for evaluation. Some people you can't make happy, " board Vice Pres. Jim Rigano.
Anyone can take the courses, you just have to pay a fee for materials. For more information call the district office at 937-748-3960, ext. 2001.
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