Religion and Public Schools
Dating back to the Bible Riots of the mid-1800s, the role of religion in public schools has been one of the most hotly disputed—and most frequently misunderstood—religious freedom issues in America. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has long made clear that the Constitution prohibits public school-sponsored prayer or religious indoctrination, violations remain rampant in many parts of the country. The ACLU works to protect public school students’ religious freedom by curbing the practice of school-sponsored prayer and proselytizing while simultaneously ensuring that students may freely express and exercise their faith.
- CaseJanuary 3, 2012
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyJanuary 29, 2016
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyMarch 14, 2016
Letter from National Coalition for Public Education to the Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Regarding Hearing on “Helping Students Succeed Through the Power of School Choice”LetterFebruary 1, 2017
Coalition Letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Expressing Strong Concern Regarding the Nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of EducationLetterJanuary 30, 2017
- News/Press ReleaseJanuary 26, 2017