Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill mandatng a moment of silence before the beginning of each school day


Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill to ensure that students will have time to take a moment of silence at school each day. House Bill 2707 requires all public and charter schools to have one-to-two minutes of silence in the classroom before the beginning of the day.

Governor Doug Ducey said in a news release:

As we’re working to get Arizona kids refocused in the classroom, we should also work to get them refocused emotionally. That’s exactly what H.B. 2707 does, ensuring all schools set aside time every day for students to engage in a moment of silence. This gives our kids the opportunity to take time to remember, reflect, meditate, pray, and prepare for the day ahead or anything they—and their parents—choose.

The governor's office said the law was inspired by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, an influential figure in the Jewish community. who advocated for a moment of silence in schools at the beginning of every day after President Ronald Reagan was shot.

Earlier, Arizona law only obligated schools to set aside time for reciting the pledge of allegiance. The bill requires the moment of silence to be used for contemplation in a manner determined by the student and their families or guardians.

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