Florida Bill Allowing Religious 'Inspirational Messages' in Public Schools Goes to Governor

Friday, March 2, 2012

After fierce debate, the Florida House approved a measure Thursday allowing school boards to let students deliver "inspirational messages" in public schools - a move critics say is aimed at promoting unconstitutional school prayer.

The measure (SB 98) was already OK'd by the Senate and now goes to Gov. Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it into law. It passed 88-27 in the House, with 10 Democrats joining the entire Republican majority.

The bill would allow school boards to adopt policies giving students authority to deliver "an inspirational message" during the student portion of any assembly. Administrators, teachers, coaches and other school personnel would be prohibited from reviewing the message or editing it.

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