Public charter schools must abide by the constitutional principle of separation of church and state, just like any other public school.

They may not anchor their curriculum in religion or teach religious views in the classroom, require students to pray, admit only members of certain faith groups or use religion as an excuse to discriminate.

When public charter schools violate these principles of religious freedom, students feel excluded or that they belong to the “wrong” religion. Americans United fights to ensure public charter schools follow the law because no child should feel like an outsider in his or her own school.