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New York Prayer in Public Schools Laws

The role of prayer and religion in public schools is a hot topic of debate in New York, as it is throughout America. The Empire State doesn't have statutes specifically addressing the matter. Federal courts have been reluctant to wade into the murky waters of prayer in school either. The question of whether the Pledge of Allegiance violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment went through a volley of litigation. After a series of appeals that went back and forth, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the inclusion of those words did not violate constitutional law.  

While New York lacks prayer in public school laws, it is far from a settled legal issue. The following links and resources should help you better understand the issue.

Applicable Code Section Educ. §3029-a
What is Allowed? Brief period of silent meditation which may be opportunity for silent meditation on a religious theme or silent reflection

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New York education attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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