As the culture becomes darker and darker, Released Time Bible Education becomes more and more important.  We are now reaching out to a generation of children who have no compass for right and wrong and are Biblically illiterate…a generation that is unchurched yet hungers for answers.  Now more than ever our public schools are ripe for harvest as a mission field and Released Time fills that need.

Finn Laursen, Executive Director of large teachers’ association


Updated July 2009  
SUMMARY for Alaska
General Information Alaska, like many other states does not have specific laws regarding Released Time. However, this does not necessarily prohibit Released Time. In fact, it may allow a wider range of Released Time programs. Since Alaska does not have specific laws regarding Released Time, a Released Time program in Alaska would fall subject to the federal guideposts presented in McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203 (1948), Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306 (1952).

In summary, the above cases present three general requirements for Released Time programs: 1) The state cannot fund Released Time directly or indirectly. This prohibits not only funds themselves but also any support or benefit from anything purchased or anyone compensated by state funds; 2) Released Time programs cannot take place on school premises; and 3) Participation in Released Time programs must be voluntary. There cannot be any coercion, encouragement, or discouragement on the part of any school official. However, these three points are not exclusive. One should conduct thorough research on the latest federal and state case law to see whether your state or federal circuit has its own case law supplementing the requirements in McCollum, Zorach, and Ball.


Department of Education Website Alaska Department of Education & Early Development



DETAILS for Alaska
Statutes Alaska's compulsory attendance laws require children ages 7-15 (inclusive) to attend public school, private school or religious school. [ALASKA STAT. § 14.30.010 (2013)] However, a child may be excused by action of the school board of the district at a regular meeting or by the District Superintendent subject to approval by the School Board of the District (ALASKA STAT. § 14.30.010(b)(8)). Children could possibly obtain released time if they follow this procedure and are granted their excuse. Alaska Stat. § 14.30.0109 (2013).

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