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|NUMBER 177||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||OCTOBER 2000|
|Covered by the Ten Commandments|
CHICAGO, IL - The Chicago public school system will go along with the distribution to schoolchildren of textbook covers displaying a simplified version of the Ten Commandments. The covers are the result of a private interfaith project spearheaded by the Total Living Network, a Christian television network. The attractive, colorful covers are handed out to students off school premises, primarily through local churches.
According to the Chicago Tribune (8-17-00), school superintendent Paul Vallas has endorsed the program. The newspaper called it "his entree into one of the most contentious church-state battles in recent years."
City News Webwire reports that the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have already warned the Chicago school system "to remain silent and not endorse whether the Ten Commandments could have a positive impact on children." Mr. Vallas' reaction? "Schools have become too rigidly neutral. What in the world is wrong with 'Thou shall not kill?' or 'Thou shall not steal?'"