The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance related to constitutionally protected school prayer. The guidance requires local education agencies certify their policies do not prevent or otherwise deny participation in constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary and secondary schools.
LEAs in Texas affirm their compliance with this guidance in their application for federal funds under NCLB. In certifying their application LEAs acknowledge acceptance of all Special Provisions and Assurances, one of which is the provision related to constitutionally protected school prayer. No further assurance is required on the part of the LEA.
For additional information, contact:
Division of Federal and State Education Policy