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Supreme Court to weigh 'moment of silence' rule

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether the Constitution allows a ''moment of silence'' during which students can pray silently, meditate, or reflect in public classrooms.

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The mere fact the justices agreed to review the matter gave hope to school prayer advocates, who have thus far failed to get Congress to make prayer a part of the school day.

At the same time it agreed to hear the moment-of-silence question, the court rejected an appeal by the Mobile, Ala., county school board to consider whether teacher-led school prayer - banned 22 years ago from public classrooms - is constitutional.

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