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Prayer in Public Schools

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Compare the current rulings about different types of prayer in public schools. Then, determine which has the weakest legal standing and explain why.

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According to ENotes.com:

Permissible Private Prayer and Secular Study of Religion:

The Supreme Court has never actually banned students from praying voluntarily and privately on their own, provided there is no state intervention. Students are allowed to pray as so long as there is no guidance or coercion from school authorities. Religious student groups are also permissible and could meet like every other club in a public school and protected by the federal Equal Access Act.

Study of religion is also constitutionally permitted in public schools as so long as it has a secular purpose (it's primary purpose being to ...

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