Concerns Raised About Jefferson Co. Religious Meeting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The head of Jefferson County Public Schools has sent out a reminder to staff about rules regarding religion in the curriculum after a meeting that sparked some concern.

Donna Hargens, superintendent of Jefferson County schools, told The Courier-Journal the district received some questions after a Christian educator support group leased school space for a meeting.

The meeting by the Louisville Area Christian Educator Support group was held last week in a public school auditorium to provide information about religious rights and instructional strategies. About 100 people attended.

The event featured retired Southeast Christian Church Senior Minister Bob Russell and was organized in part by retired JCPS administrator Joe Burks and Bryce Hibbard, the principal at Southern High School in Louisville.

Hargens has reminded principals that public school employees are required to remain neutral concerning religion.

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