By Meg Dickens
On Monday, March 26, the House approved the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation’s “National Motto in the Classroom Act” sponsored by State Representative Susan Lynn. House Bill 2368 passed with a 81-8 tally and requires that Tennessee schools display “In God We Trust” prominently on their premises. Bill 2368 defines a prominent location as a “school entryway, cafeteria, or common area where students are likely to see the national motto display.”
This bill will take effect in the 2018-2019 school year. Similar bills are currently in effect in Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi and Virginia. Florida has a similar bill in the works as well.
“Our national motto and our founding documents are the cornerstones of freedom, and they must be shared with our future generation,” Representative Lynn said. “I am honored to have sponsored passage of an initiative that will remind our current and future students about the true foundation of American life – faith and family.”
Bill 2368 will now go to Governor Bill Haslam to be signed. For a closer look at this bill, go to http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB2368.pdf. Representative Lynn can be reached at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitaol.tn.gov or at (615) 741-7462.