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All Florida public schools to display ‘In God We Trust’ motto

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Florida students have returned to classes this week will see the state, under the motto “In God We Trust” etched on plaques on the campus.

A new statute, part of a sweeping education bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in March, specifically states each school district is required to have the state motto “in all of the schools in the district and in each building used by the district school board.”

The motto must be displayed in a conspicuous manner on the school grounds.

The measure was sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, who runs a Christian ministry. She told the Orlando Sentinel in March, the motto is “something so large [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 trained on this great motto, that is part of this country’s foundation,” she said, when a House committee took its expense.

“In God We Trust” is part of the Florida state seal since 1868, and to the flag state since 1990. However, it has only been the motto of the state since 2006, according to the Florida Department of State.

The motto is a slight variation of Florida’s first motto, “In God is our Trust.”

In Alabama, legislation approved by state lawmakers in February that would also require schools to display the same motto is oriented response from critics who call it “a constant push for the theocracy.” The legislation is not a mandate.

Tennessee lawmakers approved legislation earlier this spring that required the motto’s prominent display in all public schools.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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