Wednesday, August 15, 2018

‘In God We Trust’ Signs Must Now Be Displayed in Florida Schools

Students returning to school this week in Florida will see something new and affirming as they begin their day: an “In God We Trust” sign or poster displayed inside the school building.

The state statute (1003.44) requiring the new signage reads, “Each district school board shall adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board, the display of the state motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ designated under s. 15.0301, in a conspicuous place.”

“In God We Trust” has been part of Florida’s state seal since 1868 and on the state flag since 1900 — and it’s been the state motto since 2006, according to the Florida Department of State.

The measure is just one part of a sweeping 207-page education bill that was signed into law by GOP Gov. Rick Scott back in March — and both public and private schools must comply.

There are detractors, of course.

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