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House Makes School Moment Of Silence Voluntary

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House wants moments of silence in public schools to be voluntary again.

The House voted 79-33 Thursday to change a law that a federal judge ruled unconstitutional in January. The legislation now moves to the Senate.

The measure allows schoolchildren to start each day with a moment of silent reflection if their teacher chooses.

The Legislature changed the law in 2007 to require teachers to ask students to pause silently.

A Chicago-area parent and atheist sued and a judge ruled that the required silence was a veiled attempt at requiring prayer.

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The bill is HB288

On the Net: www.ilga.gov