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Clinton Administration’s United States Department of Education “Religious Expression in Public Schools”: The Center assisted in drafting the guidelines that formed the basis for the Department of Education guidance letter sent to all school superintendents by both the Clinton and Bush Administrations. Twenty years later, these guidelines remain a trusted resource for school administrators, students, parents, and teachers regarding permissible religious expression in the public schools.

Religion in the Public Schools - A Joint Statement of Current Law: The Center helped draft a document signed by over 50 organizations that became the basis for the Clinton Administration’s Religious Expression in Public Schools, United States Department of Education guidance letter (issued August 10, 1995, 1997, 1998), and the Bush Administration’s Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 68 Fed. Reg. 9645.

The Bible and Public Schools - A First Amendment Guide: The Center helped draft this invaluable guide to the constitutionally-permissible use of the Bible and other religious materials in the public school classroom. It was published by First Amendment Center and National Bible Association in 1999.

Teachers and Religion in Public Schools (4th Ed): This booklet by Center Director Kim Colby is a wealth of information about religious expression in the public schools by students, community groups, and teachers. The fifth edition is due out in 2018.

Religious Released Time Education - The Overlooked Open Door in Public Schools: Religious released time is a constitutionally-permissible means by which public schools release students who have parental permission to attend off-campus religious instruction. Originally published in 1982 by Christian Legal Society and written by Center attorneys Sam Ericsson and Kim Colby, this booklet has encouraged churches and other religious groups to establish released-time programs in their communities, thereby allowing hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers to receive religious instruction during the school day.