Use of Public School Property by Students for Religious Purposes
Key point 13-07. Public school property may be used during noninstructional hours by students for religious purposes if noncurriculum-related student groups are permitted to use school property during noninstructional hours.
Resource. In 1998, the federal government issued to every public school in America a document entitled "Religious Expression in Public Schools." This document was designed to inform public school administrators of the religious rights enjoyed by public school students while at school.
In 1990, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the "Equal Access Act," which prohibits public high schools from denying any group access during noninstructional hours to school facilities if the same right is given to any noncurriculum related student groups. Board of Education v. Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990). See also Van Schoick v. Saddleback Valley Unified School District, ...
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