Tennessee school board votes down Bible Release Time policy

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee county has voted against creating new rules for Bible Release Time and similar programs, despite concerns about what happens when some students are pulled from their classrooms for religious studies.

With a 5-4 vote Wednesday night, the Knox County Board of Education decided not to create more standards for these programs, news outlets reported.

Tennessee law already lets parents pull their children from school for religious studies. A pilot program was allowed in Knox County on the condition that it was conducted off school property and not funded by taxpayer money.

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