Idaho School Reprimanded for Bible Use in Classes

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An Idaho charter school has been reprimanded for using the Bible in its classes.

The Nampa Classical Academy was sent a notice of defect by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.

"They clearly intend on the use of religious texts," Commissioner Alan Reed said. "I do think we have reason to believe this is happening and this is going to happen."

It's the first step in a process that could close the school.

The charter school, which has more than 500 students, plans to fight the decision in federal court. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is representing the school.

"The Bible shouldn't be singled out for censorship," ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman said.

The school commission investigated the school in August, arguing that the state's constitution "expressly" limits the use of religious texts.

Nampa Classical Academy board member Eric Makrush countered, "It also says no political documents may be used and if that's the case, then every school in Idaho is breaking the law because they all teach the constitution."

Nampa Academy said they were using the Bible as a literary and historic text, not to teach religion.

"Not only is the commission on safe constitutional ground to allow the school to use the Bible as an educational resource, it would be unconstitutional to deny the school the ability to include it as one resource among its many other texts," Cortman said.

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