ERIC Number: ED249624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-3
Reference Count: 0
School Board Members' Opinions and Awareness of Legal Parameters concerning School Prayer.
Schubert, Nancy A.; Manly, Theron W.
A survey of school board presidents investigated their knowledge of laws concerning school prayer and their attitudes toward school prayer. One hundred and eighteen of the 282 board presidents in 2 southeastern states completed a mail survey containg 5 items designed to measure legal awareness and 5 designed to examine attitudes. Data were analyzed by sex, by whether the respondent was elected or appointed, by type of school district, and by political and religious affiliations; inferences were drawn through analysis of variance and multiple linear regression analysis. In general, school board presidents were unaware of legal constraints; most strongly favored school prayer. Female respondents, however, were more aware of the law but less favorable toward school prayer than males. County school board presidents were less aware than those of consolidated and municipal districts. Respondents who favored school prayer were relatively unaware of legal requirements. These findings suggest that school boards need more inservice training on school law to help them fulfill their legal responsibilities and avoid costly litigation. (MCG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: School Prayer; United States (Southeast)