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School prayer in its common usage refers to state-approved prayer by students in state schools. Depending on the country and the type of school, organized prayer may be required, permitted, or proscribed. Countries which prohibit school prayer often differ in their reasons for doing so: the separation of church and state is the United States' basis for doing so (as proscribed in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution); Freedom of conscience is Canada's; and, similar to the United States, France's rationale is the laïcité concept.

In the United States, public schools are prohibited from sponsoring religious observances such as daily prayer. The legal basis for this prohibition is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which requires that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... .

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