Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
Section 8524(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act and codified at 20 U.S.C. § 7904(a), requires the Secretary to issue guidance to State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and the public on constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary and secondary schools. In addition, section 8524(b) requires that, as 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.
The recent decision from the Supreme Court has raised many questions regarding the religious liberty of churches and Christians, including Christian businesses and schools, in America. While we cannot yet know the full impact and intent of the majority opinion, we do know that we will stand with pastors, Christians, church members, and those taking a Biblical stand for the faith at this critical moment in our nation’s history. We want you to call with any questions you have and be assured we will stand with you on this important issue. Below, we have drafted an initial response. With much prayer and God-given wisdom, we can stand firmly for the cause of Christ in this great land.
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