Overwhelmed by gangs, drugs, suspensions and uninvolved parents, the superintendent of Prince William County schools asked principals to form partnerships with churches.
So far, about two-thirds of the district's 66 schools have found church partners."There's a lot of things lacking, and we can't expect the schools to do all of that . . .," Edward L. Kelly said. "It's just another resource that we need to tap into."
Some churches are sending volunteers into the schools, and ministers have dropped by school cafeterias to chat with students.
Many teachers and parents welcome the help, but some civil liberties groups and First Amendment scholars say they're concerned that church members will advance religious doctrine during school visits.