Time to break out of the “Another dumb school board decision” thread and start anew.
To what extent should students in public (government funded/subsidised) schools be able to express their religion?
A public school is a government entity. Those employed by a public school system are government employees. As such they are bound by the Constitution to make no rules which would respect the establishment of religion. I think that is pretty clear.
The question, though, does not relate to employees, but to students. Here are some questions to get this started, but feel free to diverge. Assume that these do not violate tangential rules, like disrupting class.
Students certainly have the right to pray silently, but do they have the right to voice those thoughts aloud? If not, why? If yes, under what curcumstances?
Can a student, or group of students, wear clothing or carry items which clearly state their religious beliefs? If so, where do you draw the line? 10 Commandment t-shirts? The Koran on a book bag? Satanic bible jeans? WWJD bracelets?
Can a student conspicuously wear a religious icon (crucifix, Star of David, pentagram, star and crescent) on a necklace?
Can a student stand in the commons between classes and preach?
If any of the above is allowed, at what point, if any, do school authorities become complicit and violate the “establishment of religion” clause?
Pencils ready…you may begin.
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