Kansas lawmaker says school prayer will fix education

By Jonathan Shorman

Prayer in schools is the solution to problems in public education, a Kansas Republican lawmaker said Saturday.

“I say the way to fix our schools is to put prayer and the Bible back in and give it a chance,” said Rep. Randy Garber of Sabetha.

His comments came during a House debate over a plan to increase school funding by $500 million over five years. Lawmakers are seeking to respond to a Kansas Supreme Court decision that found schools are inadequately funded under the state constitution.

Students may pray in schools now. U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the 1960s stopped school-led prayers, however.

Mark Desetti, a lobbyist for the Kansas National Education Association, said there is prayer in schools each day — there just isn’t organized, directed prayer for one faith.

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