Source: USA Today
By Joel Shannon, York (Pa.) Daily Record
YORK, Pa. — It’s 2:00 on a Thursday afternoon in November — a school day. Right on schedule,18 elementary school students come running: They’re heading to church.
They’re among more than 3,000 students in Pennsylvania who participate in a “released time” program run by Joy El Ministries.
“Released time” is a legal way for students to voluntarily receive religious education during the school week. It has to happen outside the school building. It’s limited to 36 hours per school year by Pennsylvania law. Students need their parents’ approval. And they need to make up any work they miss.