Idaho school teachers can already use the Bible as a reference, but Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll wants a state law to underscore the point. The Cottonwood Republican is pushing a bill to that effect, and the Senate Education Committee gave the idea its preliminary approval. “A lot of teachers are scared to use the Bible,” Nuxoll said. The one-paragraph bill says the Bible would be expressly permitted for use as a reference for “literature, comparative religion, English and foreign languages, United States and world history, comparative government, law, philosophy, ethics, astronomy, biology, geology, world geography, archaeology, music, sociology and other topics of study.” No student would be required to study the Bible, if the student or parent objected. Nuxoll said her bill is modeled after legislation in 10 other states/Kevin Richert, Idaho Education News. More here.