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EVANSTON - Evanston-Skokie School District 65 has decided to ignore legislation mandating a moment of silence in Illinois public schools, according to school board members.
The seven members of the district's board agreed they shouldn't force teachers in the district's 16 elementary and middle schools to observe the law. They took the action Monday after failing to get a waiver freeing the district from following the law.
"We have no intention of either prohibiting or forcing compliance," said board member Katie Bailey.
Illinois students are required to observe a moment of silence at the beginning of every school day under the law passed last month over Gov. Rod Blagojevich's veto.