Illinois mandates daily moment of silence at schools

Legislators have made Illinois one of at least 10 states that require schools to start the day with a brief period of silence in which students may pray or reflect. Legislators said the law – which passed over a gubernatorial veto – was not meant to impose religion; the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985 struck down an Alabama law that authorized a daily moment of silence specifically for meditation or voluntary prayer.

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