Florida students returned to school last week to the state motto emblazoned on its buildings.
All schools in the Sunshine State must now feature the phrase “In God We Trust” in a “conspicuous place,” according to a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year.
The measure is part of a private school voucher program for bullied students – the first of its kind in the nation, WFTS reported.
“In God We Trust” became part the state seal in 1868 and has been appearing on the state flag since 1900. It has been the state motto since 2006.
While all schools are displaying the motto, many are featuring it prominently in the front office.
Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, who runs a Christian ministry, sponsored the bill, describing the motto as “part of this country’s foundation” and “something so great” that “should not be hidden.”
“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,” she said.