Student Rights Brittany Rum

In 1954, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add "Under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance.

Since 1943, students cannot be forced to stand for the Pledge. This was decided in the case of the State of West Virginia Board of Education versus Barnette.

Students have the right to organize their own prayer as long as they do not force other students to participate. School sponsored prayers became illegal in 1962. A student can express their religious beliefs as long as does not disrupt to learning.

Schools can rent their facilities to churches when schools are not in session. They must pay rent and must not be given special treatment over other organizations.



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