Two Tennessee lawmakers are wading into the controversy surrounding lessons on Islam in public schools by reminding school officials of their obligation to share classroom materials with parents.
“We have received reports that parents are being refused access to material used in 7th grade social studies regarding the teaching of Islam,” Sens. Mae Beavers and Kerry Roberts said in a joint press release cited by The Tennessean Thursday.
“We want to remind all Tennessee school districts that the law is very clear and that any teaching materials of any grade level shall be made readily available to parents or legal guardians at their request.”
The reminder follows public information requests sent by the American Center for Law and Justice to all Tennessee school districts requesting tests, quizzes, assignments and other instructional materials involving world religion, The Tennessean reports.
An attorney representing the majority of Tennessee school districts denied that request because the ACLJ is not a state resident, a technical requirement for disclosure, despite the fact that a local attorney signed the requests.
Parents across Tennessee and other states have objected to lessons on Islam taught in public schools that require students to write or recite the Islamic call to prayer: “Allah is the only God, Mohammad is his prophet.”