May public schools cooperate with mentoring programs run by religious institutions?

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Public schools may cooperate with mentoring projects run by religious institutions provided that:

  • Other community organizations are given an equal opportunity and are subject to the same secular selection criteria to operate such programs in partnership with the schools.
  • Referrals are made without regard to a student's religious beliefs or lack of them.
  • Participation in the program is not conditioned on mandatory participation, or refusal to participate, in religious programs operated by a religious institution.
  • At no time do school officials encourage or discourage student participation in the religious programs of religious institutions.