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ARTHUR A. RICHARDS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
CLAUDE O. MARKOE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ST. CROIX EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX VOCATIONAL SCHOOL
ELENA L. CHRISTIAN JUNIOR HIGH SCCHOOL
EULALIE RIVERA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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LifeWise Academy is a Released Time Religious Instruction (RTRI) program which exists to reach unchurched students in public schools with the gospel. Under little-known RTRI laws, students can be released from public school during the school day to attend religious classes, provided the program is off school property, privately funded, and parent permitted.
Yes, It’s Really Legal! The legality of Released Time Religious Education has been upheld by the US Supreme Court for more than 60 years. Specific state policies vary. For example, Ohio law, HB 171 (ORC 3313.6022) was passed in the Ohio legislature and signed into law by the Governor. The law allows public school students to receive elective Biblical instruction during the school day, following the conditions above.