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.)|