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Students study the Bible during class at the Minidoka Christian Education Association on March 10, 2015, in Burley.

BOISE | A bill has been introduced into the Idaho Legislature to specify that teachers are allowed to use the Bible in public schools.

Sponsored by Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, the bill says the Bible can be used "for reference purposes to further the study of 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 where an understanding of the Bible may be useful or relevant."

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It also says no student will be required to use any religious texts if the student or parents object.

Teachers can already use the Bible in schools for reference, but Nuxoll said many teachers are frightened to do so, Idaho Education News reported. The Senate Education Committee voted to print the bill Thursday, clearing the way for a full hearing.

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