Prayers Now Allowed In Public Schools After NJ School Board Revises Religion Policy
Prayer during classroom time, along with organized prayer groups, will be allowed in the Montgomery Township Public School District in Somerset County, New Jersey, following school board members’ approval of revisions this month to the school district policy about religion in public schools. The policy recognizes students are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and by the New Jersey State Constitution, both of which ban the establishment of religion in the schools. It also acknowledges religion is a personal matter.
Montgomery Township Board of Education members approved the revisions after a state-mandated policy was issued. This policy replaces earlier versions of the policy that were adopted in 1999 and 2005, reports Central Jersey.
The former policies stated “no devotional exercises or displays of a religious character will be permitted in this district, nor shall instructional activities be permitted to advance or inhibit any particular religious sect or religion generally.”