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Class on Bible could be offered to Chesterfield students

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield teens may have an opportunity to study the bible in school. School officials say this is not a done deal, there are many contingencies including funding for textbooks, training teachers and making sure the curriculum meets all the legal requirements.

A class on the bible is raising some eyebrows. Some worry about the cost, others the content.

"I really think that belongs in a private school and not a public school," said parent Lori Perkins.

"If it's an elective course there shouldn't be any room for people to complain," said parent Ernie Moore.

"If some people would like to take it that's good for them they have all the right to," said student Billie Moore.

Chesterfield's School Board approved the bible class after a survey of high school principals showed some interest in offering the course to students. At least 15 students would have to sign up at each high school.

Frank Cardella, President of the Chesterfield Education Association, says he has a couple concerns. One being the cost with the school district facing a $25-30 million budget deficit.

"Right now it's not the time to be approving any new curriculum when we have a budget shortfall and we can't afford the classes that we have," said Cardella.

Cardella says the district should know the curriculum first before extending the offer.

"If you're going to dissect it in individual passages and what do we think about certain members felt on what they meant when writing it I think we're overstepping the purview of the church at that point," said Cardella.

School officials say this is not a done deal, there are many contingencies including funding for textbooks, training teachers and making sure the curriculum meets all the legal requirements.

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