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Take action! Tell Rapid City Area Schools Board to stop the prayers

The Rapid City Area Schools Board must end its unconstitutional practice of opening its meetings with prayer. 

FFRF is asking you to prod the board to end this unconstitutional practice that it started in October. While allowing local religious leaders to deliver prayers has been found permissible in the context of legislative meetings, multiple courts have made it clear that prayers are impermissible as part of school board meetings.

The Rapid City Area Schools board includes student representative members present at meetings. 

Urge board members to keep official prayers out of school board

The Rapid City Area Schools Board must end its unconstitutional practice of opening its meetings with prayer. 

FFRF is asking you to prod the board to end this unconstitutional practice that it started in October. While allowing local religious leaders to deliver prayers has been found permissible in the context of legislative meetings, multiple courts have made it clear that prayers are impermissible as part of school board meetings.

The Rapid City Area Schools board includes student representative members present at meetings. 

Urge board members to keep official prayers out of school board meetings — and to keep school-sponsored religion out of schools.

Read FFRF's letter to the district here.

Contact board members by email and please feel free to use our talking points:

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Talking Points

As a South Dakotan, I am concerned that the board is violating the Constitution by trying to institute prayers at its meetings. The board should respect the rights of all Rapid City area parents, students and the community by not having prayer at its meetings. Thank you.