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1. Texas Act Just Passed!
2. Press Release, Governor Signs Bill
3. Photo at Governor signing Bill with Kelly Coghlan, children, and parents
4 Language of the Act--Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act / School Children’s Religious Liberties Act, Texas Education Code Title 2, Sub. E, Chap. 25, Subchapter E, Sec. 25.151, et seq.
5. U.S. Department of Education Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (1/17/2020; last modified 4/5/2021)
6. About New Act: Student’s Rights Clarified
7. Why a Model Policy is Part of the New Law and What it Means?
8 Message to Student Speakers in Texas Schools (You Can Still Pray in the USA)
9. Stand Out Loud: Yes Students can Stand Up and Pray Out Loud Under New, Texas Law
10. A recommended Model Student Speaker Policy that tracks the language of the new Law (Note: Although this is laid out in the form that TASB usually uses, this is not drafted by TASB but is drafted by the legal author of the Act to assure compliance with the law. In the author’s opinion, this is what Texas School Districts should adopt to be in compliance with the Act.
11. Law Review Article, Those Dangerous Student Prayers, author, Kelly Coghlan
12. Letter to Texas School Boards from legislative authors of the Act to give guidance (sent out by the TEA to all school boards)
13. Message to Texas School Boards regarding compliance with the Act
14.Warning to Texas School Districts About Adopting TASB Alternative Policy that does not track language of Act
15.Message to Non-Texas School Boards regarding adopting a similar Model Policy in their school and adopting the entire Texas Act in their State
16.The Prayer that Stopped a Riot (at a high school football game)
17.An American Student’s Prayer
18.Are Christians to Pray “In Jesus’ Name” in Public?
19.Preambles to State Constitutions referring to God
20.Summary of the Law Regarding Faith-Based Viewpoints Expressed by Student Speakers in Public Schools (2022) by Kelly Coghlan
21.For Legislators Introducing the Bill—some general Q & A
22.For Legislators Introducing the Bill—More Detailed Explanation of Bill and Q & A
23. Stop Complicating RVAA
24.Steps Students and Parents Can Take
25 .From a Judeo/Christian Perspective, What about prayer in school?
26.Op Ed, Dallas Morning News, May 1, 2008, Schoolchildren’s National Day of Prayer
27.Op Ed, Houston Chronicle, Oct. 5, 2007, HISD need not fear equal time for religious speech
28.Op Ed, Dallas Morning News, Sept. 6, 2007, Religion gets equal treatment
29. Op Ed, Houston Chronicle, May 1, 2003, Shock and awe of a resurgence in school prayer
30. First U.S. Congress (1789) first actions re: religious liberties and prayer
31.Opinion in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District (June 27, 2022), U.S. Supreme Court-- holding that Coach Kennedy’s religious act of kneeling and praying at the 50 yard line, in the middle of the football field, in front of the audience and players, at the end of each football game, is constitutional and that the Bremerton School District violated the Constitution by violating Coach Kennedy’s First Amendment rights by stopping him from praying. Kelly Shackelford, a close friend of Kelly Coghlan’s, is the attorney for Coach Kennedy. One statement in the Opinion reads: “learning how to tolerate speech or prayer of all kinds is part of learning how to live in a pluralistic society, a trait or character essential to a tolerant citizenry.”

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