What is Core Foundations?
Core Foundations is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization creatively providing public high school students in Georgia with an opportunity to investigate and experience the message of Jesus in an elective class, during the school day, and to receive credit for it through a legal concept called released time religious education.
What is Released Time Religious Education?
Released Time Religious Education is a time set aside during the school day when students enrolled in the public schools are permitted by law to receive religious instruction as long as parents sign a permission form, the class meets off-campus, and no public funds are used to support the class. The principle is based on the constitutional right of parents to direct the religious education of their children.
What is a Christian Learning Center?
The Christian Learning Center (CLC) is the name of the local program that Core establishes which provides the class. For example, the Parkview CLC, the Norcross CLC, etc.
What's the relationship between Core and the CLC?
Core administers and oversees the CLC, providing administrative support, insurance, 501(c)(3) status, teacher training and program development. Core works with the CLC Leadership Team to keep the program running smoothly.
Who funds the CLC?
The financial resources for each CLC come from generous benefactors including individuals, churches, foundations and businesses in that particular community. CLCs receive no money from the school, county or federal government.
Who runs the CLC?
Each CLC has a leadership team made up of people in the community who are trained and guided by Core.
How is this legal?
In 1952 the Supreme Court upheld Released Time Religious Education as being constitutional in all 50 states. Justice William O. Douglas, speaking for the majority, concluded that while the first amendment prohibits governmental financing of religion or in taking religious instruction, it does not require the government to be hostile toward religion.
Where are the classes held?
Classes usually meet at a church nearby the school where students can safely walk, drive, or sometimes even be transported by a CLC bus.
Do programs exist in other areas?
Thousands of public school students across America are leaving school each day to attend Released Time Religious Education programs. Over 1,000 off-site classes are in operation, educating more than 250,000 public school students in 32 states. There are about 20 other Georgia programs in existence. Currently in Gwinnett County there are 11 schools that have a Released Time program.
Who are the teachers?
Our teachers are creative and engaging, have a great ability to connect with students, and have had significant training in Bible and religious studies. They do not need to be state certified teachers.
What is taught?
We offer the following classes on a rotating basis: New Testament Survey, Comparative Religions, Stories from the Old Testament, and #LiveFully.
What makes a successful program?
There are five things that need to be firmly in place in order to provide an amazing class experience:
- Excellent teacher - most important component.
- Transformative curriculum - curriculum that focuses on information, personal development, and applicability.
- Warm environment - we create a place where students feel loved and accepted, and where they want to learn.
- Active Learners - we want students practicing what they are learning.
- Engaged leadership - each CLC has a leadership team which ensures the continued health of the program.
How can I get involved?
- We would love for you to be a part of our Partner Program.
- You can sign up for our Email List to keep up-to-date with what's going on, and to pray for our efforts.
- You can Volunteer to serve on a CLC leadership team in your community.
- You can Donate to the work of Core so that we can keep moving forward! (All donations are tax-deductible.)