Student reprimanded for religious absences
sjamar at law.howard.edu
Tue Nov 23 15:53:13 PST 2004
Surely education is a compelling state interest and requiring
attendance as a part of that and setting an attendance policy is within
the discretion of the school board. This is a decision not for the
At some point there needs to be some accommodation. But it cannot be
an accommodation that requires missing a full week of school each year.
Should the school district amend its rules and provide greater
accommodation for students of various religious backgrounds? Surely.
Should courts step in and make it a matter of constitutional right? I
would tread that ground very, very cautiously.
Prof. Steven D. Jamar vox: 202-806-8017
Howard University School of Law fax: 202-806-8567
2900 Van Ness Street NW mailto:sjamar at law.howard.edu
Washington, DC 20008 http://www.law.howard.edu/faculty/pages/jamar/
"Example is always more efficacious than precept."
Samuel Johnson, 1759
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