Bible Class

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The Ector County Independent School District is gearing up to offer a high school course on the Bible.

The school board for the West Texas district approved the elective course in December -- this despite opposition from critics who condemned the course as Christian proselytizing instead of education.

A district spokesman says about 60 students from two high schools have signed up for the course, which will be offered next fall. The semester's schedule offers the course during each period of the day but that could change depending on demand.

Ian Roark, the district's social studies coordinator, has taken a test run of the course offered to administrators. He describes the course as, quote, "non-devotional" and with a focus on history and culture related to the Bible.

Roark, who will oversee the implementation of the course, says students can use any version of the Bible they're comfortable with.