President Donald Trump announced his administration’s new guidance on prayer in public schools during an event in the Oval Office on National Religious Freedom Day.
Primarily, it will require states to report cases where public school students have been denied their right to pray.
In a separate proposed rule, the administration aims to protect the rights of religious student groups at public universities, giving them equal treatment with secular student groups.
For schools to receive federal funding, they will need to certify once a year with state education departments that they do not have policies in place that would prevent students from constitutionally protected prayer, a senior administration official said.
State departments of education would also have to report to the US Department of Education each year with a list of local school boards that failed to make the required certification as well as complaints made to that department about a local school board or school that has been accused of denying students or teachers their right to engage in constitutionally protected prayer.
Picture: US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House to announce his administration’s new guidance on prayer in public schools during an event on 16th January 2020, National Religious Freedom Day. (CNS photo/Tom Brenner, Reuters).