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North Carolina Prayer in Public Schools Laws

While the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the establishment of an official religion, the issue of prayer in public schools is quite nuanced. On one hand, students should be free to pray voluntarily, but schools must refrain from creating an environment that coerces students into any particular religion. North Carolina's prayer in public school laws allow for a one-minute period of silence, in which students may voluntarily and silently pray.

The basics of North Carolina's prayer in public school laws, including links to related resources, follow. See FindLaw's Religion at School section for additional articles.

Applicable Code Section 115C-47(29); (29b)
What is Allowed? Period of silence not to exceed one minute in duration shall be observed and silence maintained; prayer by individuals on voluntary basis allowed

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

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