Ohio State Senator Michele Reynolds (R-Canal Winchester) has introduced the Religious Expression Days, R.E.D. Act to protect the First Amendment right to worship for Ohio’s kindergarten through 12th grade students, teachers, and staff.
Senate Bill 49 requires local school boards to adopt a policy providing reasonable accommodations for the sincerely held religious beliefs and practices of students, including up to three religious expression days that are not otherwise observed by the school.
“I have always been a staunch advocate of religious freedom and I believe the R.E.D. Act will help my constituents and all Ohio students freely celebrate their faith without the fear of retribution, ensuring no child has to make a choice between their faith and their education,” said Reynolds.
The bill also requires boards of education to permit each person employed by the board to take up to three days of religious expression leave during each school year.
Senator Michele Reynolds is serving her first term in the Ohio Senate.
She represents the people of Franklin County in Reynoldsburg, Canal Winchester, Grove City, Westerville, New Albany, Groveport, Lockbourne, Obetz, Gahanna, Galloway, Blacklick, Urbancrest, Prairie Township, Jackson Township, Madison Township, Truro Township, Hamilton Township, Franklin Township, Blendon Township, Plain Township, Jefferson Township and Mifflin Township and portions of Columbus.
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