I quote from the Kentucky Revised Statutes (thanks to Future Geek for pointing these out):
In re: public schools
KRS 158.170 Bible to be read.
The teacher in charge shall read or cause to be read a portion of the Bible daily in every classroom or session room of the common schools of the state in the presence of the pupils therein assembled, but no child shall be required to read the Bible against the wish of his parents or guardian.
History: Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 4363-7.
KRS 158.175 Recitation of Lord’s prayer and pledge of allegiance — Instruction in proper respect for and display of the flag — observation of moment of silence or reflection.
(1) As a continuation of the policy of teaching our country’s history and as an affirmation of the freedom of religion in this country, the board of education of a local school district may authorize the recitation of the traditional Lord’s prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the flag in public elementary schools. Pupil participation in the recitation of the prayer and pledge of allegiance shall be voluntary. Pupils shall be reminded that this Lord’s prayer is the prayer our pilgrim fathers recited when they came to this country in their search for freedom. Pupils shall be informed that these exercises are not meant to influence an individual’s personal religious beliefs in any manner. The exercises shall be conducted so that pupils shall learn of our great freedoms, including the freedom of religion symbolized by the recitation of the Lord’s prayer.
(2) The board of education of each school district shall establish a policy and develop procedures whereby the pupils in each elementary and secondary school may participate in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States at the commencement of each school day.
(3) The Kentucky Board of Education shall develop a program of instruction relating to the flag of the United States of America, including instruction in etiquette, the correct use and display of the flag, and other patriotic exercises as may be related.
This program of instruction shall be provided to each public school for use in its course of instruction. The program of instruction, at a minimum, shall include the provisions of 4 U.S.C. secs. 1 to 3 and 4 U.S.C. secs. 5 to 9.
(4) The board of education of each local school district may purchase or otherwise acquire and provide for display in each classroom copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and other documents the local board deems significant to the history of Kentucky and the United States.
(5) At the commencement of the first class of each day in all public schools, the teacher in charge of the room may announce that a moment of silence or reflection not to exceed one (1) minute in duration shall be observed.
Effective: July 14, 2000
History: Amended 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 235, sec. 1, effective July 14, 2000. — Amended 1996 Ky. Acts ch. 85, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1996. — Amended 1990 Ky. Acts ch. 476, Pt. IV, sec. 205, effective July 13, 1990. — Amended 1988 Ky. Acts ch. 435, sec. 3, effective July 15, 1988. — Amended 1986 Ky. Acts ch. 339, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1986. — Amended 1980 Ky. Acts ch. 304, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1980. — Created 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 145, sec. 1.
KRS 158.177 Teaching of evolution — Right to include Bible theory of creation.
(1) In any public school instruction concerning the theories of the creation of man and the earth, and which involves the theory thereon commonly known as evolution, any teacher so desiring may include as a portion of such instruction the theory of creation as presented in the Bible, and may accordingly read such passages in the Bible as are deemed necessary for instruction on the theory of creation, thereby affording students a choice as to which such theory to accept.
(2) For those students receiving such instruction, and who accept the Bible theory of creation, credit shall be permitted on any examination in which adherence to such theory is propounded, provided the response is correct according to the instruction received.
(3) No teacher in a public school may stress any particular denominational religious belief.
(4) This section is not to be construed as being adverse to any decision which has been rendered by any court of competent jurisdiction.
Effective: July 13, 1990
History: Repealed and reenacted 1990 Ky. Acts ch. 476, Pt. V, sec. 403, effective July 13, 1990. — Created 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 261, sec. 1.
The last one is the kicker. So far as I know, no public school teacher requires students to read Bible verses or recite the Lord’s Prayer, at least here in Louisville. The statute permitting what is essentially a Bible lesson in public schoolrooms opens up a world of controversy.
Where was the ACLU when that passed, I wonder?