It used to be the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act — a mandatory moment of silence that was really a way to sneak forced prayer into Illinois public schools.
After atheist high school student Dawn Sherman successfully filed a lawsuit against the Act, it was changed to the Student Silent Reflection Act. Not mandatory and no mention of prayer… in other words, something completely unnecessary.
[The Act] Allows a teacher to conduct (instead of requiring a teacher to observe) a brief period of silence at the opening of every school day with the participation of all pupils assembled. Provides that this period shall be an opportunity for such silent reflection as may be desired by each individual pupil (instead of an opportunity for silent prayer or for silent relection on the anticipated activities of the day). Effective immediately.
We already have corrupt Illinois politicians. Why do we need those who waste their time (and my taxpayer dollars) on shit like this?The bill is sponsored by Rep. John A. Fritchey (D) from the 11th district and, as of yesterday, it is co-sponsored by Rep. Sandra M. Pihos (R) from the 42nd district.
Both need to fix their priorities or step away from politics.
Yesterday, that bill — House Bill 288 — made it out of the Elementary & Secondary Education Committee by a vote of 13-6-1.
It’s one step closer to getting passed by the Illinois government. If that happens, nothing will change in any public school. It’s pointless legislation. It went from unconstitutional to irrelevant.
Of all the many ways our elected officials could help the education system in Illinois, this isn’t anywhere on the list for those of us who work in the schools.
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