Austin, TX

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) publishes model policies for its member school boards. These model policies are typically incorporated in the policy manuals of individual school boards. TASB’s model policy on graduation prayer stated that students could select student volunteers to deliver nonsectarian, nonproselytizing invocations. AU wrote to TASB and suggested that TASB change its model policy in light of a recent Texas federal district court ruling, in a case litigated by AU, that student elections on graduation prayer are unconstitutional. TASB informed us that they have updated their model policy to state that school districts should not adopt policies that establish improper majoritarian elections on prayer at graduation. TASB also informed its member school boards about the recent Texas federal district court ruling.