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Hawai'i Citizens for the Separation of State and Church and the Hawai'i Department of Education

     In a letter sent to the Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto, HCSSC demanded the immediate termination of all agreements between the Aloha Council, or any affiliated entity, such as its "Learning for Life" program, and the Department of Education, the Board of Education, and Hawaii's public schools. HCSSC also demanded that the Department of Education require the Aloha Council to destroy all students "directory information," "questionnaire data," and all other private student information obtained by any means from the public schools. Furthermore, HCSSC requested that the Department of Education send out a system-wide memorandum informing school principals of their legal obligation to exclude the Boy Scouts of America from participation in any and all programs, activities, and services offered in the Hawaii public schools.
     On April 30, 2002, the Department of Education stated a new policy which prohibits all Boy Scout recruitment activity during school hours. "BSA recruiting activities, however brief shall not be permitted during the school day. …These recruiting activities shall not be allowed because the BSA's faith-based principles may discriminate against students who do not hold the same personal beliefs."

For more information, visit the HCSSC web site.
 

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