New DOE Guidance on Public School Prayer

Education law expert Rick Verstegen will identify the critical legal issues with this new guidance. You will learn how to update your school’s policies.

Topics Covered

  • How does the First Amendment govern school employees’ rights to pray?
  • What are the limitations of prayer on campus for students and employees?
  • What issues relate to organized prayer groups and activities?
  • Is prayer acceptable at assemblies and noncurricular events?
  • May a graduation ceremony include prayer?
  • How does religion impact dress codes, assignments, and absence tracking?
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Thursday, September 14, 2023; 4:00 PM Eastern

Scheduled for 75 minutes including question and answer period.

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New DOE Guidance on Public School Prayer Policy update required!

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance on prayer and other religious expressions in public schools in response to a recent Supreme Court decision. In Kennedy vs. Bremerton, the Court held that a public school district could not prevent a football coach from praying on the football field after games.


The new guidance states that the U.S. Constitution allows school employees to engage in private prayer during the workday. Still, it warns that the employees may not “compel, coerce, persuade, or encourage students to join in the employee’s prayer or other religious activity.” The guidance also addresses other vital considerations that you must understand to avoid potential legal hazards.

  • How does the First Amendment govern school employees’ rights to pray?
  • What are the limitations of prayer on campus for students and employees?
  • What issues relate to organized prayer groups and activities?
  • Is prayer acceptable at assemblies and noncurricular events?
  • May a graduation ceremony include prayer?
  • How does religion impact dress codes, assignments, and absence tracking?
Recommended Audience
Who Should Attend?
  • Superintendents
  • Deputy, associate, and assistant superintendents
  • Chief business and operations officers
  • Personnel and human resources directors
  • Student services directors
  • Directors of curriculum and instruction
  • Directors of special education
  • Diversity and equity officers
  • Athletic directors
  • Title IX coordinators
  • Board members
  • Principals
  • Vice principals and assistant principals
  • Other K-12 administrators
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Richard F. Verstegen
  • Partner with Boardman & Clark, LLP of Madison, Wisconsin
  • School Law Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group
  • Represents educational institutions in a variety of education law matters
  • Published many articles regarding education and employment law
  • Former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School