Pledge, Patriotism & Prayer in California Schools – a guide to the rights of students and teachers

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In the tumultuous times since September 11th, spontaneous displays of patriotism and prayer have erupted around the nation, thrusting questions about freedom of religion and expression in our public schools to the forefront of the agenda. We have written this guide to answer key questions about the rights of students and teachers in California.

Can you be punished for refusing to stand during the national anthem? Must teachers sign loyalty oaths when they take a job? When do religious expressions violate the separation of church and state? This guide seeks to answer these questions and more.

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