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Prayer Meetings In Palm Beach County Schools Set To Be Approved

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Church And State Combine For New School Board Policy To Be Approved In March. Prayer Meetings Okay During School Day.

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BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School Board is set to approve a policy that permits religious meetings on school grounds and during the school day. BocaNewsNow.com first reported on the controversial proposal in January. BocaNewsNow.com has now learned the policy is set to be approved at the School Board’s March 2nd meeting.

In the simplest of terms, the next time you hear a student shout, “Jesus Christ” in a Palm Beach County School District public school building, it may not be due to a bad test score. It could be part of a meeting taking place down the hallway.


In the simplest of terms, the next time you hear a student shout, “Jesus Christ” in a Palm Beach County School District public school building, it may not be due to a bad test score. It could be part of a meeting taking place down the hallway.


A draft copy of the language expected to be approved includes these paragraphs: “A student may pray or engage in religious activities or religious expression before, during, and after the school day in the same manner and to the same extent that a student may engage in secular activities or expression.”

Additionally, “A student may organize prayer groups, religion clubs, and other religious gatherings before, during, and after the school day in the same manner and to the same extent that a student is permitted to organize secular activities and groups.”

“The Palm Beach County School District shall give religious groups access to the same school facilities for assembling as given to secular groups without discrimination based on the religious content of the group’s expression.”

“A group that meets for prayer or other religious speech may advertise or announce its meetings in the same manner and to the same extent that a secular group may advertise or announce its meetings.”

While permitting religion in schools, the Palm Beach County School Board is simultaneously creating new rules to govern student speech. Among them: “(School officials) must ensure that a student speaker does not engage in obscene, vulgar, offensively lewd, or indecent speech…” There is notably no definition of “indecent” included in the policy.

BocaNewsNow.com has learned that several organization are considering legal action over several elements of the new policy, but are waiting for the School Board to vote it into effect.

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