ERIC Number: ED203433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Church-State: Religious Practices.
Cobb, Joseph J.
Chapter 12 in a book on school law focuses on religious activities within the schools. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that bible reading and prayer recitations are not permissible. However, objective study of religion as history or literature or the study of comparative religions would be acceptable. The Court has given approval for excusal from school sessions for religious programs that were not held on public property and that involved public school personnel only in limited ways. In sharing school facilities with religious groups, the Court said that fees, at least covering out-of-pocket expenses, must be charged and all religious or nonreligious groups must be treated equally. Several courts have ruled that family life and sex education programs did not interfere with the parents' and students' free exercise of religion. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Court Litigation, Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Released Time, Religious Education, School Districts, Shared Facilities, State Church Separation
Not available separately; see EA 013 472.
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Identifiers: First Amendment; Fourteenth Amendment; Religious Practices; Supreme Court
Note: Chapter 12 of "School Law for a New Decade" (EA 013 472). For related documents, see EA 013 472-493.