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McCluskey, Neal – Journal of School Choice, 2018
The public schooling system is supposed to be neutral regarding religion. Constitutional provisions prohibit government from interfering with, or establishing, religion, and ensure equality of all people under the law. This article examines whether public schooling meets these requirements. It first briefly reviews the history of American…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Religion, Constitutional Law, Educational History
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Bindewald, Benjamin J.; Rosenblith, Suzanne; Green, Bob – Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, 2017
Restricting public employees' free exercise rights or the State to maintain neutrality toward religion has been longstanding precedent in the United States. It has certainly been the case in US public schools beginning in the 1940s and affirmed through the courts over and again through much of the 20th century. The aftermath of 2 recent Supreme…
Descriptors: Freedom, Religion, Public Schools, Democracy
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Bindewald, Benjamin J.; Rosenblith, Suzanne – Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, 2015
The American public landscape has shifted in concert with a newly emboldened political right, and the public school has again become an important battlefield in the latest culture wars. In addition to confrontations over educational policy issues is a largely untheorized area where the everyday classroom takes center stage: Teachers face a…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Religion, Cultural Pluralism, Role of Education
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Moore, James – Social Studies, 2015
Research indicates that most American citizens know little about Islam and, specifically, the major differences between Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims and why this matters to the United States. Although the two major Islamic factions share many common core beliefs and practices, there are some significant religious and political differences…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Islam, Islamic Culture, Muslims
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Bindewald, Benjamin J. – Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, 2015
This article provides an overview of the socio-political, cultural, and historical characteristics of the relationship between conservative Christians and the American system of public education; describes the influence of fundamentalist views on contemporary conservative Christians; and recounts the historical relationship between the Religious…
Descriptors: Christianity, Religious Factors, Public Schools, Public Education
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Carr, Kari A.; Decker, Janet – Journal of Catholic Education, 2015
In the past 50 years, the share of students enrolled in U.S. Catholic schools has declined from approximately 12% to 3%. In reaction, many urban Catholic schools have closed and subsequently reopened as public charter schools in order to receive governmental funding and to increase enrollment. As public schools, these Catholic- affiliated charter…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Trends, Urban Schools
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Drummond, Tim – Music Educators Journal, 2014
Music with sacred texts is integral to the historical and modern development of the music education field, yet many who teach in public schools find themselves limited or banned from using sacred music. School divisions do not have a consensus opinion on how to handle this sensitive topic, and the law is not explicit. In this article, I provide an…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Ethics, Legal Problems, Music
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Giersch, Jason – Educational Forum, 2014
Federal courts have permitted tax credits for tuition at religious schools. Does a religious mission inhibit a school's ability or willingness to teach civic values, such as tolerance for political and religious differences? This essay examines relevant empirical research to find that religious schools, overall, do no worse than public schools at…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Parochial Schools, Democratic Values, Tax Credits
Palestini, Robert; Falk, Karen Palestini – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2012
This third edition expands coverage on such topics as the law and students with disabilities, confidentiality, sexual harassment, student searches and tuition vouchers. It also includes some new topics such as bullying, copyright law, and the law and the internet. Both public and nonpublic school educators are aware that courts, over the last…
Descriptors: School Law, Court Litigation, Public Schools, Private Schools
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Meyer, Heinz-Dieter; Bratge, Katrina – Peabody Journal of Education, 2011
In this article, we consider a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that place public school students under an expansive shield of constitutional rights while often hampering the ability of administrators to engage in flexible and creative conflict resolution in the context of the school's mission. The court's readiness to adjudicate a large range…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Grade 8, Conflict Resolution