Many people honestly believe that prayer is
not allowed in public schools. This is wrong.
Unfortunately, this mistaken notion
sometimes extends to teachers, principals
and school boards.
Students opportunity to pray:
“Prayer is allowed and in fact is a protected form
of free speech throughout the public school
Students may pray silently during a moment of
“Students can pray in school busses, at the flag-
pole, in student religious clubs, in the hallways,
Conflict over school prayer
Some believe that to start the school day with a
prayer will create an aura of solemnity and order
among the students.
Others believe that prayer has magical powers.
Others feel that if the students are forced to recite a
Christian prayer each day, they will come to realize
that they live in a Christian country where the
government and its institutions support Christianity.
Court Rulings, Laws and Events
1948- McCollum vs. Board of Education
1954- Tudor vs. Board of Education
1960 Madalyn Murray O’Hair vs. Baltimore ISD
1962- Engel vs. Vitale
1963 - Abington Township School vs. Schempp; Murray vs.
2001- Public School rentals
class. The Law
Benediction and prayers at graduation ceremonies
Student religious clubs
Moment of silence
Prayer outside of school building
School religious speech
Teacher display of religion
The goal of this research it to understand what the
place of prayer is in public schools.
Significant Factors to Consider about School Prayer
Prayer is not forbidden in public schools.
There is a small minority of parents who follow
other than Christian religion and find praying
Praying is a choice, not a requirement.
Prayer in Schools. Retrieved from
Robinson B.A. (2003). Religion in Public Schools.
Robinson B.A. (2007). The Federal Equal Access Act.
Retrieved from http://www.religioustoleran.org