School prayer bill passes House with limits on teacher participation

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Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, offered an amendment that made major changes to the “permission-slip-to-pray” bill that passed the House on Wednesday. (Photo: Devon Sanders, LSU Manship School News Service)

Kaylee Poche and Devon Sanders

A bill that originally allowed teachers to fully participate in student-initiated prayer underwent major changes limiting what teachers can do before passing unanimously in the House Wednesday.

An amendment offered by Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, limited teachers’ participation to only being allowed to bow their heads during prayer. The amendment, which passed 68-21, also eliminated a requirement for parents to provide permission slips.

“As long as there are geometry and algebra tests in schools, there will be prayer in schools,” said Rep. Robert Shadoin, R-Ruston, who presented the bill on behalf of Sen. Ryan Gatti, R-Bossier City. “You cannot take away prayer in schools.”

The House erupted in applause.

Read the full story in Fox 8.

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