Teacher Perception of the Role of Religion in East Texas Public Schools

Purvinis Graves, Elaine; Hynes, James W.; Hughes, Teresa A.
September 2010
National Forum of Educational Administration & Supervision Journ;2010/2011, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p1
Academic Journal
The 1st Amendment prohibits the establishment of a state religion and prohibits government restriction on the free exercise of religion. First Amendment issues have a long history in public education. Administrators and teachers are challenged by federal laws and school policies directly related to the role of religion in public schools. The purpose of this study was to explore teachers' perceptions for dealing with religion in the schools and their classrooms. Results from the study indicate there is confusion, complexity, and contradictions associated with educator perceptions of how to appropriately implement federal laws and school policies on religion. By gaining an understanding of teachers' awareness of laws and policies regarding religion in schools, school administrators can avoid legal issues resulting from breach of individual rights.


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