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Standards? We have standards, Hillsborough district says about church-school involvement



Following two recent articles about religious organizations that get involved in the Hillsborough County Public Schools, the district's information office assured us that the relationships are subject to thorough scrutiny to make sure students' rights are protected.

The district shared three documents: guidelines for faith-based organizations, a community partnership agreement and a coordinator's guide concerning community partnerships.

"The following school board policies also align with the protocols and documents attached," spokeswoman Tanya Arja wrote.

2260- Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity

2240-  Controversial Issues

5730- Equal Access for Nondistrict-Sponsored, Student Clubs and Activities

9120- Public Information

9555- Partnerships with Business

The district statement follows remarks Tuesday by April Griffin, who is concerned about the district's relationships with Idlewild Baptist Church and First Priority Tampa Bay. She plans to meet with representatives of four major religious groups before asking for more assurances from Superintendent Jeff Eakins.

On Tuesday, Eakins spoke at the annual meeting of First Priority, a group that seeks to bring students to Christ, and thanked them for helping the district meet the character needs of students.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2016 5:18pm]


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