New Alabama law allows “In God We Trust” in public schools

Mobile County

MOBILE COUNTY/BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) – “In God We Trust” could be displayed on public school buildings because of a new law in Alabama allowing the nation’s motto on public buildings.

The school systems now have the decision-making power to display the motto or not, but local school systems, like Baldwin County, haven’t yet adopted the motto. 

“I think it will keep down a lot of the violence, and that can be real good,” said Pamela Carter.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Brandon Oliver in response to the new law.

Brandon Oliver is a teacher at Murphy High School in Mobile. He’s also a father.

He says he heard about this law before. Because he’s a teacher, he thinks the motto should be proudly displayed on the walls of schools.

“There’s nothing more important than God in schools,” said Oliver.

We’ve reached out to Mobile County Public Schools and Baldwin County Schools. Baldwin says they are aware of the law. They released this statement from Eddie Tyler, Superintendent:

We are aware of the IN GOD WE TRUST law and as we always do with new legislation, we will await direction from the Alabama State Department of Education and our own legal counsel to be sure it’s implemented properly. 

Some students also think it’s a great idea.

“I think it’d make the school a better place,” said Gino Dortch, a Blount High School student.

The Mobile County Public School System says they have not read the law yet, their focus has been starting this school year off right. Right now, the only school system in the state that plans to place the motto on their walls is the Blount County School System. They’re viewed as a test for the rest of the state.

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