ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-08-035

Date Created : 10/03/2007


Co-op Directors

Type of Memo: Regulatory
Response Required: Yes
Section:   Accountability - Dr. Charity Smith, Assistant Commissioner
Assurance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer

Regulatory Authority:
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Pub. Law 107-110)

Contact Person:
Oliver Dillingham, Berthenia Gill, Keyth Howard

Phone Number:


Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, any local school district that receives funding must certify in writing to the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) that it has no policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer in public schools as set forth in this guidance. Also, it is referenced at the following web site:

To be in compliance for the 2007-2008 school year, each school district must complete the attached assurance form and return it to the Arkansas Department of Education at the address shown below and on the attachment. To meet the timeline established by the U.S. Department of Education, the submission deadline is October 15, 2007.

Oliver Dillingham
Arkansas Department of Education
Room 405-B
#4 State Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4213
Fax: 501-682-5177


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