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Document Number: 2301

Religion and the Public Schools - This brief provides a thorough discussion of the controversial issue of religion in American public schools, which encompasses more than just prayer, but also compulsory attendance, pre-entrance health requirements, release time for religions purposes, curriculum, school activities, and holiday displays and pageants, to name a few. This article provides an historical concept and presents balanced arguments in favor of and against the issue. Numerous court decisions also are listed. (CEPI 2000, Policy Issues, Virginia Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, Phyllis Errico, editor.)...

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