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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO:† 50
POLICY CODE: IMD
TO:††††††††††††††††† Superintendents, Dale Douglass (MSMA) and Dick Durost (Maine Principalsí Association)
Time Sensitive.† Please read immediately.† A Response is required on or before December 19, 2003.† DUE TO NCLB, THIS IS A YEARLY REQUIREMENT.† RESPONSES SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN BY OCTOBER 1ST.
FROM: ††††††††† Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner, Department of Education
DATE:††††††††††† December 1, 2003
SUBJECT:††††† Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
- Please Forward to School Principals -
††††††††††† Section 9524 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ("ESEA") of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that, as a condition of receiving ESEA funds, a local educational agency ("LEA") must certify, in writing to its State educational agency ("SEA"), that it has no policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer in public schools as set forth in the guidance provided on the Internet through the Department of Education's website http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/religionandschools/prayer_guidance.html?exp=0
In order for the Maine Department of Education to be in compliance with this requirement for 2003, we must receive a written statement from each LEA documenting that it does not have any policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer in public schools by December 19, 2003.† To do this, please either e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a letter to Jacqueline Soychak, Federal Program Services Team Leader and Policy Director, 23 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0023 containing the following information:
Name of LEA________________________________________† Date ________
____does† ____does not† have any policy that prevents or otherwise denies participation in constitutionally protected prayer in public schools.
Signature of person authorized to provide this assurance___________________________
The Guidance provided by the USDOE is attached. We realize that many of you will have questions. Those questions can be submitted in writing at any time to the above person and address and we will respond to you as soon as possible.