Group Requests Records About Islam Curriculum From Schools

Posted at 2:33 PM, Sep 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 23:32:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A religious organization has requested records pertaining to Islam curriculum from all Tennessee school districts.

Spokeswoman CeCe Heil from the American Center for Law & Justice said the Christian-based nonprofit made the open records request after concerned parents contacted them. The group has advocated and litigated freedom of religion and free speech issues.

Heil said the requests were being made to all 146 school districts and state special schools. The organization has been requesting records and information on what students have been learning about Islam and other religions, how students have been taught and what resources teachers were using.

The state has provided academic standards, which Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said were designed to provide a deep understanding of how world religions have affected world history. 

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