All students should feel welcome at and included in extracurricular events and clubs at their public schools.

Public schools must treat all student-led groups equally. Religious student clubs must not be given preference by the schools or be exempt from nondiscrimination policies. In addition, public school officials may not use religion as a basis to bar students from starting clubs.

Public school assemblies, graduation ceremonies and football games may not include school-sponsored prayer, even if student led. It inevitably makes some students feel excluded.

No student should feel like an outsider in his or her own school. That’s why Americans United fights to ensure students of all backgrounds and beliefs can participate in student-led clubs and attend extracurricular events without fear of having to participate in religious activities.