Supreme Court may be next for school board prayer case

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has refused to reconsider its ruling allowing student-led prayer at school board meetings.

In March, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected a challenge of student-led prayers at board meetings of the Birdville, Texas, Independent School District. The ruling said the prayers don't run afoul of the prohibition against government-established religion.

On Tuesday, a request for a rehearing by the full 5th Circuit court was rejected without comment.

The American Humanist Association is a plaintiff in the case. Monica Miller, a lawyer with the group, said the association will likely go next to the U.S. Supreme Court but was still reviewing its options Tuesday.

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5/2/2017 4:21:00 PM (GMT -5:00)