Friday, December 06, 2013

School Bans Christmas, Breaking New Texas Law

Parents have been sent a list of rules for this year's "winter party" at Nichols Elementary School in Frisco, Texas that includes a ban on Christmas trees, the colors red and green, and use of words like "Christmas" or any other references to religious holidays.  Although the school district acknowledges the recently enacted state law against such rules of political correctness, school officials say school principals and citizen volunteers are free to ignore the law.
"So this is what it’s come to, America. You’ve got college-educated teacher[s] terrified to put a toy elf on the shelf because she might get sued by the ACLU or some other left wing anti-Christmas group."
For background, read Texas Law Requires Schools to Allow Christmas Celebrations

In addition, read Christmas Music Banned in New Jersey School and also read 'Christmas' Trees Banned by North Carolina College as well as Nativity Banned at Florida School by Obama Dept. of Education

-- From "TX School District Holiday Rules Clash With Law" posted at WTXF-TV29 (Philadelphia) 12/5/13

State representative Pat Fallon says an angry parent whose child attends Nichols Elementary in Frisco, TX forwarded an email stating the new rules for the annual school winter.

Fallon co-authored Texas' new "Merry Christmas Law." Governor Perry signed it into law earlier this year. It allows students and staff at schools in Texas to say merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and happy holidays.

However, school officials say that their party rules are not a district issue and will therefore stay the same.

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From "School bans Christmas trees, the colors red & green" by Todd Starnes, 12/5/13

. . . Fallon said contrary to the school district’s statement, the ban remains in place. He also said he spoke to the superintendent and learned that the school district was letting principals set their own policies regarding holiday celebrations.

“That leads to confusion, misinterpretation and flaunting of the law,” he said.

. . . after a meeting between the principal and the PTA, the school decided to keep the draconian rules in place.

“She [the principal] said they didn’t want to offend any families and since each family donates money they feel this is the best policy,” read an email sent to the lawmaker.

The lawmaker said he was shocked at the number of calls his office has received from nervous teachers and principals – wondering what they could and could not do.

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