Proponents of a Bible as Literature class in local high schools are pushing hard to add the elective course to the Huntington Beach Union High School District's curriculum for the next school year, but school board members want to study the issue more, pushing off a vote on the proposal until June at the earliest.
About 60 supporters who want the class offered next year attended Tuesday's school board meeting. But the board effectively declined to place it on the next agenda for study and action, leaving the issue essentially where it was before. It was not known whether the delay would still allow for a pilot program to begin next year in the Huntington district, which includes some schools in Westminster and Fountain Valley.
Cal State Long Beach education professor William Jaynes, one of the group's experts, said in the group presentation that students without literacy in the Bible were put at a disadvantage in understanding history and literature.