Can public schools cooperate with mentoring programs run by religious institutions?

Public schools may cooperate with mentoring projects run by religious institutions provided that:

Other community organizations are given an equal opportunity and are subject to the same secular selection criteria to operate such programs in partnership with the schools.

Referrals are made without regard to a student’s religious beliefs or lack of them.

Participation in the program is not conditioned on mandatory participation, or refusal to participate, in religious programs operated by a religious institution.

At no time do school officials encourage or discourage student participation in the religious programs of religious institutions.

Category: Freedom of Religion

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