Louisiana schools could be required to display ‘In God We Trust’

BATON ROUGE (WWL-TV) — A bill unanimously advanced through the Senate Education Committee Thursday that would require each public school in Louisiana to display the national motto “In God We Trust.”

The bill, introduced by Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, would require each school district to display the national motto in each school by the 2019-20 school year.

Barrow said she was motivated to propose the legislation after Gov. John Bel Edwards’ prayer breakfast last week.

“We have an obligation to ensure students have that introduction because we cannot always assume that it’s necessarily happening at home,” she said.

Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, supports the bill and told the committee that a number of schools already display the motto. In Tangipahoa Parish, Mizell said, there is a school board member who made it her business to install “In God We Trust” throughout parish schools.

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