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Trump Moves to Protect Religious Freedom In Schools


Added 01-16-20 10:31:01pm EST - “Today President Trump signed a 'guidance' issued by the Department of Education on 'Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools.' It updates the last such guidance, which was…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Powerlineblog.com: “Trump Moves to Protect Religious Freedom In Schools”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Today President Trump signed a “guidance” issued by the Department of Education on “Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools.” It updates the last such guidance, which was issued in 2003. The president promoted the event, coinciding with National Religious Freedom Day, as a step toward freedom of religion.

President @realDonaldTrump announced historic steps to protect the Constitutional right to pray in public schools! pic.twitter.com/YsORcxUpWa

It is a sign of the times that you have to do a fair amount of Googling to get past the usual spin from media sources and find the actual guidance document. Almost all media commentary focuses on the political ramifications of “prayer in school,” rather than the content of the guidance.

This is a big topic, beyond the scope of a single post, but the White House’s summary of the guidance is at least a start. I would add a few observations:

[A]s a condition of receiving ESEA funds, an LEA must certify in writing to its SEA that it has no policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer in public schools as detailed in this updated guidance.

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