New Texas law promoting ‘In God We Trust’ signs in schools


As the new school year starts, “In God We Trust” signs are popping up at schools across Texas under a new state law that requires schools to display them if they are donated.

The law was known as Senate Bill 797 and it texas-school-signs-legislature/”>was passed by the Legislature and enabled by Gov. Greg Abbott last year. It says schools “must display in a conspicuous place in each building of the school or institution a durable poster or framed copy of the United States national motto,” so long as it is donated to the school.

In the Houston area, the Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women donated the signs to a number of schools in Cy-Fair ISD. And the Northwest Austin Republican Women’s Club donated the signs to local schools, which bill sponsors Sen. Bryan Hughes promoted on Tuesday.

“The national motto, In God We Trust, asserts our collective trust in a sovereign God,” the East Texas Republican wrote on Twitter, identifying himself as the author of the bill. I’m encouraged to see groups … and many individuals coming forward to donate these framed prints to remind future generations of the national motto.”

Also, in Dallas-Fort Worth, “America’s only Christian conservative wireless provider,” Patriot Mobile, donated the signs to every campus in Southlake Carroll ISD.

Southlake has been the epicenter of recent culture wars over public education in Texas, with schools-federal-probe-may-demand-n1291109″>highly-publicized battles over critical race theory, district diversity policies and how and whether the Holocaust can be lawfully taught under Texas law. The district is the subject of three federal civil rights probes into alleged discrimination against students based on their race, gender and country of origin.

Some are objecting to the signs and the law behind them.

“I am bothered by all of it, but most upset by the language ‘requiring’ campuses to do this if it is free of cost,” said Erika De La Rosa, a teacher with Houston ISD, the state‘s largest school district. “Our government should not be forcing campuses to do anything other than meet the needs of all of our state’s children.”

She noted that Texas lags behind many other states in education funding.

The bill did not face much organized opposition in the Legislature last year, other than the League of Women Voters of Texas and the left-leaning interfaith group Texas Impact, which registered their opposition when the bill was in committee but did not testify against it.

The measure ultimately passed the state Senate unanimously last year, then it passed the house by a vote of 106 to 35.

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