Legal aspects of the practice of religious activities in selected public schools in North Carolina

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Wayne Thompson Hall (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Joseph E. Bryson

Abstract: Although public school prayer was ruled unconstitutional in 1962, the controversy over whether a particular religious activity will be allowed still continues. Court rulings being handed down on religious issues are ambivalent; what is ruled constitutional in one court may have an opposite ruling in another. The public, in particular educators, are unsure of the legal path. Educational administrators are torn among these confusing legal signals, local customs, and their own personal beliefs as they make decisions within their schools. The purposes of this study were (1) to review the literature on public schools regarding religious practices, (2) to survey randomly selected public school administrators in North Carolina regarding religious practices in their schools, (3) to analyze the data and draw conclusions from the random sample of public school administrators regarding school religious practices, and (4) to provide data so that school officials and school board members may formulate policy consistent with judicial decisions. Information was gathered for this study by sampling randomly selected principals from public schools in North Carolina, which contained any of the grades seven through twelve. A total of 237 principals were randomly selected to participate in the survey. These principals represented all areas of the state.

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Language: English
Date: 1993
Prayer in the public schools $x Law and legislation $z North Carolina
Religion in the public schools $x Law and legislation $z North Carolina

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