This State Took Critical Steps to Return Prayer to Public Schools

The governor of Florida just signed a bill to protect religious expression such as prayer in public school settings and at school-sponsored events. Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, signed the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act” on June 9. It allows for students to pray and partake in “religious activities” before, during and after school. “A student may express his or her religious beliefs in coursework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments, free from discrimination,” the Florida law also articulates. “A student’s homework and classroom assignments shall be evaluated, regardless of their religious content, based on expected academic standards relating to the course curriculum and requirements.” The new law ensures that public school administrators cannot punish students, parents, or public school employees for praying or wearing cross necklaces, among many other religious expressions on school grounds. “A student may wear clothing, accessories and jewelry that display a religious message or symbol in the same manner and to the

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