Houston-area schools criticized for prayer at graduation
POSTED: Friday, July 1, 2011 - 3:08am
UPDATED: Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 9:59am
Two Spring schools criticized for including prayer in their graduation ceremonies
Houston — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; Two public high schools in Spring are being criticized for including prayer in their graduation ceremonies earlier this month.
Klein Independent School District is currently reviewing its graduation policies, after Americans United for the Separation of Church and State issued a letter Wednesday calling on Klein High School and Klein Collins High School to no longer include prayer in school events. Student volunteers at each of the schools offered invocations and benedictions at the June 4 ceremonies.
“The school district takes its legal obligations very seriously, especially regarding the Constitution,” said Judy Rimato, Klein ISD spokeswoman. “We will be reviewing our policies regarding graduation ceremonies.”
On June 3, a day before the Klein ISD graduations, a federal court ruled that a valedictorian at a San Antonio public school would be allowed to offer a prayer at her graduation. Gov. Rick Perry had also voiced his support for the move.
To read more on this story, head to The Houston Chronicle's website: http://blog.chron.com/believeitornot/2011/06/houston-area-schools-criticized-for-prayer-at-graduation/