Early morning severe weather has moved east of the Brazos Valley, taking the damaging wind and tornado threat out of the area as well. While the severe weather threat has passed, we'll need to monitor areas of minor flooding and down tree limbs on area roads. A tornado watch remains in place for most of the area -- however, that should be canceled by the National Weather Service shortly.
The House Public Education Committee toned down a bill that would have required Texas public schools to offer classes teaching the Bible as a textbook.
The committee passed a bill yesterday saying Bible classes should be optional.
The original bill by Republican state Representative Warren Chisum would have required schools to offer Bible courses as an elective. Chisum's bill called for history and literature courses on the Old and New Testaments.
About 25 Texas high school already offer Bible courses as electives.
The new version of the bill establishes teacher training qualifications and requirements for curriculum standards. It also requires that the course maintain religious neutrality.
The bill's alteration drew praise from critics who feared mandatory Bible courses would be more religious than academic.
The bill doesn't yet have a sponsor in the Senate. The proposal is House Bill 1287.
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