INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Studentsí right to pray aloud in Indiana schools would be reaffirmed under a
measure a House education committee has approved.
Rep. John Bartlettís measure was approved Tuesday on a 10-2 vote.
Bartlett has said
his measure would give students an opportunity to pray in school, but not
Supporters say the
bill would send a powerful signal about studentsí First Amendment right to
express religious views. They say lawsuit-averse administrators are too
quick to object to public affirmations of faith.
But bill opponents
question the need because studentsí freedom of religion is already
acknowledged in schools.
The measure also
encourages high schools to offer classes on religions of the world and
affirms studentsí right to wear religious clothing or jewelry.