Prince George's Co. school in Maryland lets Muslim students out of class to pray

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 1:40 p.m. MST

Parkdale High School (Prince George’s County County Public Schools) Parkdale High School (Prince George’s County County Public Schools)

Our take: Prayer and public schools has been a battle of the culture wars for a half century. The Washington Post has reported on a novel approach of a public school in Maryland to accommodate the prayer schedule of its growing Muslim population.

The growing number of Muslim students seeking accommodations to practice their religion in public schools has stirred debate about the long-contentious issue of prayer in America’s public institutions.

But a Prince George’s County high school principal believes she has found a way to accommodate Muslim students: She gives those with parental permission and high grades a pass out of class every day to pray.

At Parkdale High School, about 10 Muslim students get out of class for about eight minutes each day to pray together on campus, said Principal Cheryl J. Logan. Another student is working hard to raise his grades so he too can join the group of students, who belong to the school’s chapter of the Muslim Students’ Association, she said.

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