‘Student Bill of Rights,’ ‘In God We Trust’ legislation available on LRC website


During the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the Kentucky “Student Bill of Rights” (Senate Bill 17) was passed and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin. The statute outlines students’ rights to voluntarily express religious or political viewpoints in school assignments or through public speech free from discrimination.

Earlier this year, the Kentucky General Assembly also passed legislation requiring that the United States’ national motto, “In God We Trust,” be placed in a prominent location in all schools.

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is required by law to inform district and school administrations as well as all classified staff of these specific laws each year. You can find both laws, as well as any other Kentucky statute, on the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s website. For these specific laws, search for by searching for KRS 158.183 (“Student Bill of Rights”) and KRS 158.195 (“In God We Trust”).

Email KDE’s Division of Communications for more information.