While many religious groups applaud the effort to lift the ban, opponents argue that doing so would blur the line between church and state in Oregon public schools.
Are you a teacher or school administrator in Oregon? What’s your experience with religious dress in the classroom? If you’re a parent or a student, how do you think religious clothing affects education?
*Editor’s Note: A 1986 Oregon Supreme Court Case (Cooper v. Eugene School Dist. No. 4J) decision narrowed the ban on religious apparel and essentially exempted small jewelry such as crosses.
- Steven Green: Professor of law and director of the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University
- David Fidanque: Executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon