Search  |  Login  |  Register

1308260023000

The Equal Access Act is designed to ensure that, consistent with the First Amendment, student religious activities are accorded the same access to public school facilities as are student secular activities. Based on decisions of the Federal courts, as well as its interpretations of the Act, the Department of Justice has advised that the Act should be interpreted as providing, among other things, that:

 

General provisions: Student religious groups at public secondary schools have the same right of access to school facilities as is enjoyed by other comparable student groups. Under the Equal Access Act, a school receiving Federal funds that allows one or more student noncurriculum-related clubs to meet on its premises during noninstructional time may not refuse access to student religious groups.

 

Prayer services and worship exercises covered: A meeting, as defined and protected by the Equal Access Act, may include a prayer service, Bible reading, or other worship exercise.

 

Equal access to means of publicizing meetings: A school receiving Federal funds must allow student groups meeting under the Act to use the school media - including the public address system, the school newspaper, and the school bulletin board - to announce their meetings on the same terms as other noncurriculum-related student groups are allowed to use the school media. Any policy concerning the use of school media must be applied to all noncurriculum-related student groups in a nondiscriminatory matter. Schools, however, may inform students that certain groups are not school sponsored.

 

Lunch-time and recess covered: A school creates a limited open forum under the Equal Access Act, triggering equal access rights for religious groups, when it allows students to meet during their lunch periods or other noninstructional time during the school day, as well as when it allows students to meet before and after the school day.

 

- The Department of Education's

guidelines for the Equal Access

Act were revised May 1998.

Atheists Attack Top College Football

By Joseph Williams1440694306017

The radical atheists at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) are at it again. This time, they are using their scare tactics and false arguments about the U.S. Constitution to challenge some of the most successful college football programs in the nation days before the new college football...

read more

Church Wins Equal Use Challenge

By Shaheryar Gill1438029126657

When a Church was discriminated against and prevented from advertising a Vacation Bible School on a community messaging board – which was open to all – we took action, and today, we’re happy to report a major victory. Earlier this month, a church in Bancroft, Michigan faced a religious liberty and...

read more

Exposed: Christian Students Rejected

By Matthew Clark1436901768253

Public colleges and universities are taking the gloves off when it comes to Christian students on their campuses. Gone are the days of surreptitious slights against Christians; now it is open season on faith. Blatant, in-your-face anti-Christian discrimination is the new norm. Christian students...

read more

Prevailing Against Discrimination

By Shaheryar Gill1436821327158

Religious liberty victories come in all shapes and sizes, and here at the ACLJ, we are excited to celebrate each and every one of them. On June 18, 2015, a 10th grade student in Bowie, Maryland turned in a community service report form to satisfy her school’s community service requirement. She had...

read more