Minute of silence now mandatory in public schools

Time given to reflect, pray

Posted: April 3, 2013 at 1:56 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe signed into law Tuesday a bill that requires all Arkansas public schools to observe a daily minute of silence to allow students to “reflect,” “pray” or “engage in a silent activity.” House Bill 1690, now Act 576, modifies Arkansas Code Annotated 6-10-115, which previously allowed teachers to hold a moment of silence for “all students in the classroom who desire to participate ” stopping short of mandating such observations.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 9 on 04/03/2013