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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Board of Education v. Mergens

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-12

Board of Education v. Mergens55 § 12-12

May a public high school that allows a variety of student groups to meet on school property before or after regular classroom hours deny the same privilege to a student group wanting to meet for prayer and Bible study? No, said the United States Supreme Court in a 1990 decision.

Westside High School is a public high school in Omaha, Nebraska, with a student enrollment of nearly 2,000. Students are permitted to join various student groups and clubs, all of which meet after school hours on school property. Students may choose from among 30 recognized groups on a voluntary basis. The groups include the school band, chess club, cheerleaders, choir, junior rotarians, debate, drill squad, Future Business Leaders ...

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