God graciously has opened a door for us to educate educators from around the state about Ohio’s Released Time law O.R.C. §3313.6022: how to cooperate with their communities to offer Released Time religious instruction for the district’s public school students, K-12.

Ohio Released Time program leaders, teachers, board members and prayer warriors, would you please do two things for us? 

  1. Please keep us in your prayers for the 2017 Ohio School Boards Capital Conference and Trade ShowThis includes our Nov. 14 presentation and booth presence Nov. 13 & 14.
  2. Also, we ask that you speak with school board members, administrators and educators in your community, inviting them to attend the Tuesday session and stop by our booth! Following is information for you to share with these leaders, to appeal to them to attend:

While 63.8% of all public school districts in Ohio have a policy approving released time religious education, many of those communities have not yet offered religious programming for students of their districts.

“Released time for religious instruction” is the topic of a session scheduled at the upcoming Ohio School Boards Association conference in Columbus for Tues., Nov. 14 at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., room A216. This presentation explains what “released time” is and how it is legal for public school students to elect to engage in the devotional study of their faith offsite during the school day, without cost to taxpayers and with written parental permission.

O.R.C. §3313.6022 also provides that high school students may earn elective academic credit under specified conditions. Listed in the Community Engagement, Board Development and Special Interest learning tracks, this session will be led by Jennifer Miller, executive director of School Ministries Ohio, a statewide ministry which supports communities offering Released Time Bible education, and will feature the Superintendent, a board member and student from a district offering Released Time, as well as the perspective of an attorney specially trained in constitutional issues, who serves on the board of a Released Time Bible education provider.

WHAT: “Released Time for Religious Instruction” (presentation Nov. 14, 1:30 p.m. Rm A216);
also School Ministries Ohio booth 119 in Exhibition Hall (Nov. 13-14)
WHERE: Ohio School Boards Association – 2017 Capital Conference and Trade Show at
Greater Columbus Convention Center
WHEN: November 12-14, 2017

WHO: School Ministries Ohio (schoolministriesohio.org). Questions? Contact Jennifer Miller: jmiller@schoolministriesohio.org

WHY: Invite your district’s board members, administrators and educators to attend Tuesday’s informational session and stop by the School Ministries Ohio booth to see if your district already has – or may adopt – a Released Time policy for religious instruction