— The Scottsville Catholic Church has asked the local board of trustees to reconsider its decision to stop funding the religious science curriculum for schools in its city.
The Scotts, Arizes Church, has faced criticism from critics of the science curriculum since it began teaching religious science in schools in 2013.
Since then, the church has received a total of $13,837 in donations from private individuals and organizations.
Last year, the Scottsvillage School Board approved a policy to fund religious science as long as it did not interfere with the school’s curriculum.
In its latest request to the board, the school board said it was concerned about the impact of religious science on students and its staff.
“The school board has expressed concerns about the effect religious science may have on students, staff and parents,” the school wrote in its latest letter to the trustees.
“[It] believes that the impact on students may be significant, and that it has the discretion to determine the appropriate level of funding.”
The board said the policy was intended to “support the teaching of religious principles in schools and to ensure that all students receive the knowledge and appreciation they need to learn in an environment free of any interference by any group, including those who seek to restrict religious belief or beliefs.”
The board also said it would consider a request from the board of directors for the school to make it more clear that the religious sciences curriculum is not a substitute for the curriculum offered in the public schools.
School board trustees said in their letter that they will continue to discuss the issue with the church and the board.