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  • Religious Liberty
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Recognize the rights of students’ religious practice and expression in a variety of situations.

Each professional development module has four primary components: (1) read, (2) watch, (3) interact, and (4) discuss. Below you will find activities, documents, videos, and other materials that correspond with each of the four components of the module. Please complete the activities in the order in which they appear.

Haynes, C. C., & Thomas, O. S. (2007). Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Schools. Nashville, TN: First Amendment Center.

  • Chapter 6: “Student Religious Expression in Public Schools: United States Department of Education Guidelines” (pg. 57-76)
  • Chapter 8: “Student Religious Practices (pg. 89-94)
  • Chapter 16: “Frequently Asked Questions about Religious Liberty in Public Schools” (pg. 231-241)

Free Exercise Clause

Charles Haynes and Oliver “Buzz" Thomas

(19 minutes)

Directions: Briefly respond to the following questions in the forum (located in the right-hand sidebar below “Lessons.”) Please make sure that you open the forum in a new tab or window, so that you can view the discussion questions as you write your response.

  1. What factors should school officials consider when determining if they should accommodate a student's religious liberty claim under the Free Exercise Clause?
  2. In what situations can school officials put restrictions on students free exercise rights?
  3. How has, or how might, the protection of students' religious expression come up in your school? How did/would you respond?

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