N.C. House OKs bill on religion rules in schools

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — Legislation making clear how North Carolina public school students and teachers may participate in religious activities or expression has passed the state House by a wide margin following lengthy debate over faith and constitutional rights.

The House voted 106-9 Wednesday night in favor of the measure, which is just one Senate vote away from heading to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The measure seeks to lay out how schools should comply with federal law and guidance on constitutionally protected prayer. It says students may share religious viewpoints and distribute religious literature in schools, with reasonable restrictions.

It also allows school personnel involved in extracurricular activities to take a “respectful posture” during voluntary student prayer. Some legislators say they support the “posture” language even though it’s been struck down by courts elsewhere.