ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-020

Date Created : 08/25/2009


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 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 the school district 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 2009-2010 school year, each school district must complete the attached assurance form and return it to the Arkansas Department of Education. To meet the timeline established by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), the submission deadline is October 15, 2009.


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