New Texas law promotes ‘In God We Trust’ signs in schools

As the new school year begins, “In God We Trust” signs are appearing in Texas schools under a new state law that requires schools to post them if donated.

The law was known as Senate Bill 797 and it was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott last year. It states that schools “shall display in a conspicuous place in each building of the school or institution a durable poster or framed copy of the national motto of the United States,” provided it is given at school.

In the Houston area, the Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women donated the panels to a number of Cy-Fair ISD schools. And the Northwest Austin Republican Women’s Club donated the signs to local schools, which the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bryan Hughes, promoted on Tuesday.

“The national motto, In God We Trust, affirms our collective trust in a sovereign God,” the East Texas Republican said. wrote on Twitter, identifying himself as the author of the bill. I am encouraged to see groups…and many individuals come forward to donate these framed prints to remind future generations of the national motto.

Additionally, in Dallas-Fort Worth, “America’s only conservative Christian wireless service provider,” Patriot Mobile, donated the panels to all campuses in Southlake Carroll ISD.

Southlake has been the epicenter of recent culture wars over public education in Texas, with high-profile battles over critical race theory, district diversity policies, and how and whether the Holocaust can be legally taught under Texas law. The district is the subject of three federal civil rights investigations into allegations of discrimination against students because of their race, gender, and country of origin.

Some oppose the signs and the law behind them.

“I’m embarrassed by all of this, but most upset about the language ‘forcing’ campuses to do it if it’s free,” said Erika De La Rosa, a teacher at Houston ISD, the largest school district in the US. State. “Our government shouldn’t be forcing campuses to do anything other than meet the needs of all the children in our state.”

She noted that Texas lags behind many other states when it comes to education funding.

The bill didn’t encounter much organized opposition in the Legislature last year, with the exception of the League of Women Voters of Texas and the left-leaning interfaith group Texas Impact, which registered their opposition. when the bill was in committee but did not testify against it.

The measure eventually passed the state Senate unanimously last year and then passed the House by a vote of 106 to 35.

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