ERIC Number: ED423597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Protecting the Rights Guaranteed by the First Amendment Religious Liberty Clauses in Public Schools: The Role of the Superintendent.
Benestante, Judi J.
This paper analyzes the superintendent's role in protecting the religious liberty of students in today's public schools. The dilemma for superintendents is to find a way to step back, objectively and evaluate the activism in the community, and then move to a bonding leadership style when working with diverse religious issues. The paper opens with an overview of religion in schools, charting its influence from early America to today's public schools. The study's methodology consisted of structured interviews of three expert informants and structured interviews over a 6-month period with six superintendents who had experienced conflict in the public schools over religion-in-the schools issues and who had survived these conflicts. The findings indicate that the ability to find common ground in problematic environments is built on a certain knowledge base and a certain set of skills. Superintendents had to be committed to finding common ground, and this commitment had to include a desire to seek awareness, continuing education, knowledge, and skills. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment