A bill requiring the motto “In God We Trust” to be on display in public schools across Louisiana has been ok'd by the Senate Education Committee.

Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow is pushing the bill. She says our children are suffering from a lack of proper values. The proposed Louisiana law mirrors measures in other southern states to bring the motto back to the walls of our schools.

Barrow says “we have seen a moral decay in our schools and in our communities, because we have taken this out of our school systems.”

Barrow says she came up with the idea after meeting with the Governor. The two leaders discussed ways to prepare our young people for life in society. “It’s one of the things that really made an impact on my life, was when I went to the governor’s prayer breakfast.”

Barrow tells the Louisiana Radio Network many kids are not getting taught about proper morals, values, and beliefs by their parents, so public schools should be used to fill that void. “I believe that we owe, and have that obligation to at least insure that they have that introduction, because we cannot assume that that is happening at home.”

The Barrow bill also calls for instruction on exactly what “In God We Trust” means, but no details about that has been outlined in the bill.

Current law requires a program of instruction on the U.S. flag to be provided by the 5th grade as part of the social studies curriculum, including etiquette, customs pertaining to display and use, and other patriotic customs. The Barrow bill expands this to include instruction on the national motto “In God We Trust” and requires each school board to display the motto in each building it uses and in each school under its jurisdiction.