EQUAL ACCESS ACT
is designed to ensure that,
..., student religious activities are accorded the same access to
public school facilities as are student secular
activities. .. General provisions:
Student religious groups at public secondary schools have the same
right of access to school facilities as is enjoyed by other
comparable student groups. ... (A) school receiving Federal funds
that allows one or more student noncurriculum-related clubs to meet
on its premises during noninstructional time may not refuse access
to student religious groups.
Prayer services and worship exercises covered: A meeting, as defined & protected by the Equal Access Act, may include a prayer service, Bible reading, or other worship exercise.
Equal access to means of publicizing meetings: A school receiving Federal funds must allow student groups meeting under the Act to use the school media -- including the public address system, the school newspaper, and the school bulletin board -- to announce their meetings on the same terms as other noncurriculum-related student groups... Any policy concerning the use of school media must be applied to all student groups in a nondiscriminatory matter. Schools, however, may inform students that certain groups are not school sponsored.
Lunch-time and recess covered: A school creates a limited open forum under the Equal Access Act, triggering equal access rights for religious groups, when it allows students to meet during their lunch periods or other noninstructional time during the school day, as well as when it allows students to meet before and after the school day.
[ http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/religionandschools/prayer_guidance.html As updated 2/7/03]
The Liberty Defenders may also write for you, or suggest points & details (like your State's DOE address) for:
1.) Writing your "Letter of Intent to File a Complaint" to your school board; or, "Complaint Letter to State DOE"; or
2.) Recommend a lawyer concerning a suit for damages.
EQUAL ACCESS BIBLE CLUBS
And more good clubs: http://Hisways.org/usa/index.htm#2clubs (11.)
|Official neutrality on religious activity: Teachers & administrators are prohibited from participating in religious activities with students & discouraging activity because of its religious content.||LINKS
NOTE: All of
the "reference" organizations
whose links are shown here are also available at: http://Hisways.org/usa/
|Teaching about religion & values: Public schools may teach about religion, including the Bible or other scripture: the history of religion, comparative religion, the Bible as literature, and the role of religion in US history & other countries.||NCBCPS,
National Council On Bible
Curriculum In Public Schools:
http://www.bibleinschools.net/ ; NCBCPS Course Contents = http://www.bibleinschools.net/The-Curriculum ; 1-336-272-3799  FREE Legal Defense GUARANTEE  (5.)
|Religious excusals: Schools enjoy substantial discretion to excuse individual students from lessons that are objectionable to the student or parents on religious or other conscientious grounds.||Example of How To get Excusals by using Survey Forms ; (pray for what He would have you do.) (8.)|
prayer and religious discussion:
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment does not prohibit
purely private religious speech by students. Students .. have
the same right to engage in individual or group prayer and
religious discussion during the school day .... (S)tudents
may read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals,
and pray before tests to the same extent they may engage in
comparable nondisruptive activities. Local school
authorities can impose rules of order .... on student
activities, but they may not structure or administer such rules to
discriminate against religious activity or
Graduation prayer and baccalaureates: ... school officials may not mandate or organize prayer at graduation, nor organize religious baccalaureate ceremonies. If a school generally opens its facilities to private groups, it must make its facilities available on the same terms to organizers of privately sponsored religious baccalaureate services.
FL Student Freedom of Expression (Prayer) Law (PDF): Sample Policy and Guidelines; and Legal Memo.
(619) 592-9200, See their topics: "Legal" &/or "Questions to Consider". See also...
Liberty Counsel, PO Box 540774 Orlando, FL 32854
(407) 875-2100 800-671-1776 http://www.lc.org >>  CAVEAT ON `RIGHTS` LINKS BELOW.
• STUDENT'S RIGHTS on Public School Campuses,
Parental Rights in Education and Public Schools
• TEACHER'S RIGHTS on Public School Campuses,
Teachers' Rights on Public School Campuses (brochure, $3.00) | Liberty Counsel
• More Prayer Links at:
http://Hisways.org/usa/index.htm#SchoolPrayer . (1.) & (2.)
|Assignments: Students may express their beliefs about religion in the form of homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free of discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions.||Creation
plus Over Population Myth:
and Ten Facts
& Ten Myths On Climate Change
Links at: http://Hisways.org/usa/index.htm#TruthInScience (6.)
|Religious literature: Students have the right to distribute religious literature to their schoolmates, ... but schools may not single out religious literature for special regulation.||
|Released time: Subject to applicable State laws, schools may dismiss students to off-premises religious instruction, provided that schools do not encourage or discourage participation or penalize those who do not attend. Schools may not allow religious instruction by outsiders on school premises during the school day.||School Ministries, Inc.
Ken Breivik, Director
101 Rice Bent Way #6, Columbia, SC 29229 803-772-5224 | https://www.schoolministries.org/contact/contact-us | Released Time Bible Education,
|Teaching values: Though schools must be neutral with respect to religion, they may play an active role with respect to teaching civic values and virtue and the moral code that holds us together as a community. The fact that some of these values are held also by religions does not make it unlawful to teach them in school.||
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