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May 13, 2014 7:17 PM by Ashlea Bullington

Does the Faith and Character Task Force push religion into the public school system


A year after it was established, the Faith and Character Task Force has made a difference in the Lafayette Parish Public School System. With Dr. Pat Cooper's 'Adopt a School' Program, volunteers from local churches are able to select a school, establish a rapport, and serve the school as needed, to help in the Turn Around Plan. The goal of that plan is to get all parish schools to the 'A' level, with 100 percent graduation rates.

But critics question if the task force pushes religion, prayer and God into the public school system. Principal Felicia Williams of Evangeline Elementary told KATC that the Task Force does not bring church into the school, but only support and help where needed. Williams says the Faith and Character group involved with her elementary school has been very good for the students.

Pastor Bobby Richard is the Chairman of the Faith and Character Task Force. He says the idea that churches cannot be involved in schools "is a fallacy."

"Our children go to these schools. We are not trying to establish a religious presence in the schools but give them support where needed," Richard said.

To get involved with the Task Force there is a meeting on May 14th, Wednesday at 10:00 am. at St. Peter and Paul. Address: 1110 Old Spanish Trail, Scott, LA.

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