You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

DeKalb school teachers: Black History event was more religious presentation


Teachers at DeKalb County’s Cross Keys High School said a Black History Month program put on by the school last month felt more like a sermon on religion than a history lesson.

The teachers, who declined to be named fearing retaliation, said the presentation included a teacher dressed as Jesus and presentations on several biblical stories.

Schools are not supposed to promote specific religious beliefs over others.

Several teachers said they reported the event to the DeKalb County School District’s ethics hotline anonymously.

District officials said no complaints have been made to the administration about the event.

“The program featured examples of different religious and mythological figures portrayed by Cross Keys High School administrators and teachers,” the district said in a statement. “The event was meant to be historical, not theological. 

“In the future, the district will work closely with school administration to ensure they explore other options as a means to accomplishing the same educational intent.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Education

Kennesaw State’s African studies major in danger of being cut
Kennesaw State’s African studies major in danger of being cut

Kennesaw State University’s African and African Diaspora Studies degree program could be cut due to lack of graduates, the school confirmed Friday. African studies faculty met Thursday with university officials to discuss the program’s dire situation. In a statement, KSU said all at the meeting agreed to increase efforts to recruit...
Kennesaw State hiring more faculty to meet increasing enrollment
Kennesaw State hiring more faculty to meet increasing enrollment

Kennesaw State University president Sam Olens said Friday his deans are trying to hire more faculty members as the school grapples with its increasing enrollment. The university has hired additional faculty members this school year, he said, in areas such as engineering. Olens said he’s directed his team to hire at least 25 professors...
South Fulton crash victim’s mom: ‘The tears are the ambitions that he had’
South Fulton crash victim’s mom: ‘The tears are the ambitions that he had’

Photos splayed across the dining room table at Elke Velez’s South Fulton County home showed her youngest son, Isaiah Gregory, at various stages of his young life. In many, he wore a football uniform. “Anybody who knows Isaiah knows he loved baseball and basketball,” Velez said, smiling. “He wanted to be in the NFL, wanted...
Deal signs law for charter schools
Deal signs law for charter schools

Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Thursday that helps charter schools by making it easier for them to acquire unused school buildings and improving their access to funding.  House Bill 430 mandates hearings for charter schools that are trying to obtain unused school buildings and ensures they get a proportional share of certain federal...
Deal signs school turnaround legislation, calls it a ‘dramatic step’
Deal signs school turnaround legislation, calls it a ‘dramatic step’

With the stroke of a pen Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal initiated an experiment that could yield innovative strategies for improving Georgia’s lowest-performing schools or saddle him and future governors with an intractable problem. House Bill 338 was not Deal’s first choice of tools to fix schools. Last year, voters rejected a referendum on...
More Stories