Monday, May 12, 2008

Louisiana School Has Seniors Vote On Graduation Prayer

Sunday's Shreveport Times reports that for the second year in a row, Ouachita Parish High School has had its graduating seniors vote on whether or not they wish to include a prayer as part of their graduation ceremony. By a nearly unanimous vote, the seniors opted for prayer. The school board says that its policy is consistent with with a statement issued in 2003 by the Department of Education in implementing the No Child Left Behind Act. DOE's letter and guidance say that any school receiving funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act must certify in writing that it has no policy that prevents or otherwise denies participation in constitutionally protected prayer in public schools. The ACLU disagrees with the school board's approach.