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Educational Leadership Faculty Publications

University of Dayton

1999

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Prayer At Public School Graduation Ceremonies: Exercise In Futility Or A Teachable Moment?, Charles J. Russo Jan 1999

Prayer At Public School Graduation Ceremonies: Exercise In Futility Or A Teachable Moment?, Charles J. Russo

Educational Leadership Faculty Publications

Due to conflicting lower court judgments on the propriety of prayer at public school graduation ceremonies, this question will return to the Supreme Court. This article is divided into three major sections. Part I briefly recites the history of the Establishment Clause and education. Part II examines case law relevant to prayer at public school graduation ceremonies. This section begins with a brief examination of the cases prior to Lee. It next reviews the majority and dissenting opinions in Lee in some detail to show how the diametrically opposed views of Justices Kennedy of the majority and Scalia of the ...