Court cases over the past several decades have been consistent in following the constitutional mandates separating religious issues and public education, thus eroding government sponsored activities associated with faith (Irons, 2007). This has created concern in some segments of society that values religious beliefs, and there are political groups that believe public school decline is due in part to a lack of religious instruction (Bergel, 1988). But how separate is church and state in our public schools? Are the legal precedents followed? The purpose of this paper is to look at the public schools' requirements in separating issues of church and state, and measuring whether this is the reality in schools in one area of the southern United States.
This articles was originally published in the eJournal of Education Policy.
eJournal of Education Policy, at Northern Arizona University
Date of publication
Hickey, Wesley; Gill, Peggy; and Fredrickson, Rebecca Ratliff, "Separation of Church and State: Fact or Fiction?" (2008). Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 9.
Hickey, W. D., Gill, P., & Fredrickson, B. (2008). Separation of church and state: Fact or fiction. eJournal of Education Policy.