Religion in the Public Schools: A Primer for Students, Parents, Teachers

By Danielle Samulon, Jeffrey Sinensky, Kara Stein, Jillian Perlberger

American Jewish Committee (AJC), July 2002

In this publication, the American Jewish Committee seeks to answer questions that students, parents, teachers, and school administrators may have with regard to the permissibility of various religious activities in public schools. The questions are grouped according to those who may face them. The first section answers questions that students (along with their parents) may have. The second section looks at questions teachers may ask, and the third section is designed to clarify issues for school administrators. Within the sections, each question is addressed in three ways. First, a short answer is given. Second, an illustrative example follows. The example is designed to be sufficient for those who simply require guidance on whether a particular activity is clearly permissible, clearly impermissible, or more complicated. Third, a more comprehensive answer is presented, explaining the legal nuances and underpinnings of current law. This explanation should satisfy those looking for a more complex explanation or more detailed guidance as to how to proceed under a particular set of circumstances.

Topic: Curriculum, Schools, Prayer, Religion and State, Holidays, Religion

Page Number(s): 1-56

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Samulon, Danielle. Sinensky, Jeffrey. Stein, Kara. Perlberger, Jillian. Religion in the Public Schools: A Primer for Students, Parents, Teachers. American Jewish Committee (AJC). July 2002: 1-56.


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