Reading, writing and religion - 'Right to Pray' amendment goes into affect

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By Sharon Stevens, Education Reporter

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - This is the time of year schools are busy getting ready to welcome students back to class. But now they're also scrambling to deal with something passed last night by Missouri voters.

It's a constitutional amendment that allows public prayer and allows students to avoid assignments they say violate their religious beliefs.

Supporters called it the 'Right to Pray' amendment and it won big: by a five-to-one margin.

Here's one change: public schools will now be required to post a copy of the Bill of Rights. Several educators told me they believe that student rights are already protected by the first amendment.

Supporters say the Missouri Prayer Amendment protects voluntary prayer in school. It says students don't have to take part in assignments that violate their religious beliefs.

Opponents say that part could lead to lawsuits if students decide to bypass classes they don't agree with.

The Missouri Prayer Law takes effect in about 30 days, nearly all school districts will be back in session.



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