Religious Wear Workshop Agenda

Trevor Lange, Jane Rubio, Liza Tran

Introduction (15 Minutes)
Presenter intro and background
What the workshop is about
Review Agenda

Religious Wear in Schools (70 Minutes)
Powerpoint presentation
History of Religious Wear in Schools
Seminar Questions
Case Study

Conclusion (5 Minutes)
Powerpoint Presentation (Revisit original powerpoint)

Powerpoint Presentation-

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BOTTOM LINE: Do we allow teachers to wear religious clothing or symbols because each human being has a right to express themselves freely or do we see this issue leading to proselytizing?

Legal History:

1923 Oregon Legislature enacted a ban on religious garb in the classroom
1965 Law was revised in 1965 to clarify the meaning.
1983 First challenge by a Eugene middle school teacher whose religion of Sikhism required her to wear a turban and various adornments.
1986 Supreme Court rejected the teacher’s appeal stating that:
“…the law did not violate her religious rights and it actually helped to preserve religious neutrality for students.”
2009 Oregon legislature passed the ‘Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act’, which included all public workers except for classroom teachers in public schools.

Proponents of the ban feel the religious attire can influence students and convey a possible endorsement by that district.

Opponents feel the law is discriminatory and antiquated and that religious wear is simly an expression of identity.

Mark Toledo, the general counsel for the OEA states:
“So, there is tension between the freedom of expression and the abuse of that right”
“This is just not a problem, if a teacher does become overt or proselytizing there are ways that we can address that without infringing on people.”
~Article 1 Section 8 of the Oregon Constitution.

Referenced from:
‘Ban on Religious Garb for Oregon Teachers Gets Pulled out of the Closet for a Fresh Debate’, Today’s OEA, February 2010, article by Jon Bell,
Website: http://www.oregoned.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=9dKKKYMDH&b=5818563&ct=8023315

____Current Articles and Links on Religious Wear in Public Schools____

Trevor Lange, Jane Rubio, Liza Tran

.Sikh schoolgirl wins bangle court case

2. Heated debate over religious dress law

3. Religious Dress and Public School Teachers in Oregon

4. Should schools ban teachers in religious garb?

5. Teachers still can’t wear religious clothing in three states

6. Religious Clothing in the Classroom

7. Coverage of the burka debate “hijacking” the real issue