Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 1. Accreditation and Curriculum

Sectarian Publications Prohibited -- Religious Materials Allowed -- Prayer Permitted

20-7-112. Sectarian publications prohibited -- religious materials allowed -- prayer permitted. (1) (a) A publication of a sectarian or denominational character may not be distributed in any school. Instruction may not be given advocating sectarian or denominational doctrines.

(b) This subsection (1) does not prohibit:

(i) a school library from including the Bible or other religious material having cultural, historical, or educational significance;

(ii) a pupil from reading from the Bible or other religious material during free reading time; or

(iii) a student from initiating or participating in a conversation about religion, religious beliefs, or religious practices. with another student or a teacher.

(c) If a school, class, or course has requirements for self-selected reading, a pupil must be allowed to read from the Bible or other religious material to meet those requirements.

(2) Prayer is permitted in a school, on school grounds, and at school-sponsored events, but a person may not be compelled to pray. The school day may begin with a prayer.

History: En. 75-7521 by Sec. 392, Ch. 5, L. 1971; R.C.M. 1947, 75-7521; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 367, L. 1989; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 280, L. 2023; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 281, L. 2023.