As students return to class here in the Tampa Bay area and other parts of Florida something new will be displayed at their schools: “In God We Trust.”
All Florida schools must now display the words “In God We Trust” on school grounds. The ‘In God We Trust’ measure was part of a sweeping education bill that Florida Governor Rick Scott signed last March.
Rep. Kimberly Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat sponsored the bill. She cited the shootings that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland during her closing speech for the bill.
Daniels said that God is the “light” and “our schools need light in them like never before.”
She also said her bill will be a lesson to children about the national and state motto that’s printed on currency and included in the state flag.
Here’s how “In God We Trust” is listed in the 2018 Florida Statutes: “Each district school board shall adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board, the display of the state motto, “In God We Trust,” designated under s. 15.0301, in a conspicuous place.”
“In God We Trust” is also Florida’s state motto.
The education bill that Governor Scott signed last March also created the country’s first private school voucher program for bullied students.