"A newly launched mentoring program funded with taxpayer dollars requires Ohio school districts to partner with a faith-based organization and a business in order to have access to the money, reports Cleveland.com.
The mentoring program, championed by Republican Governor John Kasich, provides $10 million to Ohio schools to work with at-risk students, however school districts are discovering a religious requirement inserted into the program.
Any school district that wants state money from the program must partner with both a church and a business, or with a faith-based organization and a non-profit set up by a business to do community service. Failure to incorporate a faith-based group will leave a school district out in the cold.
United Way of Greater Cleveland President Bill Kitson, who sat on Kasich’s advisory panel for the program, explained there are no exceptions, “You must include a faith-based partner.”"