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The world has changed. In the 1940s, the Fullerton (CA) Police conducted a study to find the most significant problems in public high schools. According to their study, the top problems were: talking in class, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothing and littering. Compare this to the top problems children face today: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery and assault. Many students even become involved in such activities before high school. How can your school prepare students to succeed both academically and behaviorally in such an environment? How can they learn the work ethics so needed in today’s work force?

POSITIVE INFLUENCES: Many parents believe that positive moral based education can only exist in private and/or home school settings. To the contrary, we at School Ministries have seen that Released Time Religious Education (RTBE) provides an opportunity to provide such an environment without interfering in church and state relationships.

Principles of School Ministries, Inc., Released Time Bible Education (RTBE) Programs

IMPROVING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: Across the country, teachers and school administrators struggle with limited funds to improve students’ academic performance. Continued efforts to measure learning achievements are driven by the federal No Child Left Behind or by state initiatives both of which put teachers under pressure to raise test scores while dealing with increased behavioral problems. RTBE is one resource schools can use to improve the odds of students’ success, and it doesn’t cost schools anything!

RESEARCH FINDINGS: From the very beginning, public school teachers have indicated that their students attending Released Time classes demonstrate improved academic skill, exhibit less-at-risk behavior and have more respect for themselves and others. School administrators have supported these observations and noted that these positive changes in students’ lives are allowing teachers to spend more time teaching and less time taking disciplinary action. Research validates the following observations:


In 1952, the Supreme Court upheld Released Time as being constitutional in all 50 states provided there is parental approval, the programs are not held on school property and no tax dollars are used. Subsequent court cases have further clarified what is allowed and what is not allowed.

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