MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Senate approved a bill allowing children in Alabama classrooms to learn about Christmas and Hanukkah. The bill also allows students and teachers to exchange holiday greetings.
The Senate passed the bill 22-7 Thursday. Senator Gerald Allen, a republican out of Tuscaloosa, proposed the bill. The bill now goes to the House for approval.
As of right now, Christmas and Hanukkah are the only two winter holidays acknowledged in the bill. If the bill passes, that would mean public schools have the ability to educate students on the two holidays. It would also mean students and teachers can acknowledge the holidays openly in greetings.
Senator Quinton Ross (D) of Montgomery tried to add Kwanza. The amendment was two votes shy of being added to the bill.
Allen says the bill would make things more black and white when it comes to what educators can do with the holidays in school. Opponents say the bill creates a legal challenge.
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