Schools Prepare for Return of Moment of Silence

Federal injunction barring moment of silence could soon be lifted

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:00 PM CDT
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Schools Prepare for Return of Moment of Silence

A federal judge rules that Illinois' "Moment of Silence" law is unconstitutional.

An Illinois law requiring a daily moment of silence in public schools -- on ice for more than two years -- may soon be back.

State Superintendent Christopher Koch has notified school districts that a federal injunction barring the moment of silence could be lifted in the next few days.

School superintendents are reviewing policies in preparation.

Illinois legislators approved the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act in October 2007. The law was challenged in court by Rob Sherman, an outspoken atheist, and his daughter Dawn, a student at Buffalo Grove High School in suburban Chicago.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman overturned the law in 2009

, but a federal appeals court ruled the law is constitutional because it doesn't specify prayer. It's now up to Gettleman to lift the injunction.

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