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5/13/2003 - Washington

WITH FUNDING ON THE LINE, SCHOOLS ASSURE PRAYER IS ALLOWED

Threatened with the loss of federal money, the vast majority of the nation's schools have pledged that they allow prayer wherever and however the Constitution permits. For the first time, federal law requires school districts to prove that they have no policy stifling court-protected prayer by students or teachers. Districts that didn't comply risk losing their share of federal funding. As of late Friday, 42 states certified that all of their schools follow the law. But five states had dozens of schools out of compliance. Indiana, New Hampshire, Nevada and the District of Columbia have not yet replied. But Education Department spokeswoman Susan Aspey says there aren't any current steps to cut off funding. She says the goal is to ensure that schools don't "prohibit voluntary religious expression by students."
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