Public schools in Florida must display the national motto, “In God We Trust,” starting this week.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, public schools must display the motto in “a conspicuous place” under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kimberly Daniels (D), who also leads a Christian ministry.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed the bill in March. It requires “each district school board” to display the national motto inside “all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board.”
“This motto is inscribed on the halls of this great capitol and inked on our currency, and it should be displayed so that our children will be exposed and educated on this great motto, which is a part of this country’s foundation,” Daniels previously told state House committee members while pushing the legislation.
“Something so great should not be hidden,” Daniels said.
White the national motto has been a part of the state’s seal since 1868, “In God We Trust” has only been the state’s motto since 2006. The state’s previous motto was “In God is our Trust,” the New York Post noted.
The move arrives as state legislatures across the country — including those in Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina — have also discussed and passed similar measures that would require public schools to display the motto.