'In God we trust' signs going up in schools

Posted: March 4, 2018 at 1:11 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/DAVE PEROZEK Two of the framed "In God we trust" posters presented to Bentonville School Board members at their Feb. 19 meeting are seen here. State Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville, and Ray Brust, a representative of American Legion Post 77, presented the posters to the board. They said nearly 900 more are being donated to Bentonville schools for display in classrooms and libraries.

Hundreds of posters proclaiming the national motto "In God we trust" have been distributed and soon will be on display in some of Northwest Arkansas' public schools.

Elsewhere

Legislation similar to Arkansas’ Act 911 has been introduced and is making progress in two states.

• In Florida, a bill requiring “In God we trust” be displayed “in a conspicuous place” in every school and administrative building passed the House of Representatives last month by a 97-10 vote. The Senate has not yet considered the measure.

*In Oklahoma, state Sen. Wayne Shaw’s bill requires posters featuring “In God we trust” as well as the U.S. and Oklahoma state flags be displayed in public-school classrooms and libraries, as well as any other public building maintained or operated with state money. The posters must be donated to the schools. A Senate committee passed the bill by a 6-4 vote Feb. 19 and the Senate Appropriations Committee approved it by a 33-4 vote Thursday.

Source: Staff report

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