State senator wants money to be used for religious texts

Anchorage, USA - A state senator wants families that homeschool to be able to use their state allotments to buy religious textbooks.

Eagle River Sen. Fred Dyson says if the books offer solid academics they should be allowed. About 9,000 Alaska students are homeschooled through statewide correspondence programs that provide academic and state financial support.

Students that are homeschooled and enrolled in the correspondence programs get state money to help pay for their supplies, but they can't use the money on religious materials.

The state Board of Education says it will consider Dyson's proposal.