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Senate rejects silent meditation in schools

The Senate, 81 to 15, rejected a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday to permit silent meditation in public schools, leaving in doubt the fate of President Reagan's proposal for prayers recited aloud.

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The split among forces favoring organized school prayer has kept the Senate in a stalemate for nearly two weeks.

Senate majority leader Howard H. Baker Jr. (R) said he would try immediately to call for a vote on Reagan's vocal prayer proposal but expected a delay until next week.