The Texas House has given preliminary approval to a bill encouraging schools to allow religious expression by students in class assignments.
Under the plan, religious beliefs expressed in homework, art work and other assignments would be judged by traditional academic standards.
Students couldn't be penalized or rewarded because of the religious content of their work.
Final approval could come today.
Governor Rick Perry says freedom of religion should not be mistaken for freedom from religion.
Critics say the bill is an unconstitutional effort to encourage religion over non-religion in the state's public schools.