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Religious Guide for Parents & Public Schools.
DOE, Secretary Richard Riley issues directive.   DOE updated: 1998.    Page 2 of 2.
Left column taken from DOE link "Secretary's Statement on Religious Expression"
Right  column by: HISWAYS USA, Inc. c 1999, Permission is granted to duplicate and distribute, unedited, for noncommercial purposes.
Student 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 speech.
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.
(Prayer at the school flag pole.)
(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 >>  [] 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: .     (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 Science Facts:  plus  Over Population Myth: and Ten Facts & Ten Myths On Climate Change  
Links at:  (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  |   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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