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James F. O’Bryon, Consultant on national defense and security and Chair SMI Board

Nevada

Updated July 2009
SUMMARY for Nevada
General Information Nevada, like many other states does not have specific laws regarding Released Time. However, this does not necessarily prohibit Released Time. In fact, it may allow a wider range of Released Time programs. Since Nevada does not have specific laws regarding Released Time, a Released Time program in Nevada would fall subject to the federal guideposts presented in McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203 (1948), Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306 (1952), and Grand Rapids School District v. Ball, 473 U.S. 373 (1985).

In summary, the above cases present three general requirements for Released Time programs: 1) The state cannot fund Released Time directly or indirectly. This prohibits not only funds themselves but also any support or benefit from anything purchased or anyone compensated by state funds; 2) Released Time programs cannot take place on school premises; and 3) Participation in Released Time programs must be voluntary. There cannot be any coercion, encouragement, or discouragement on the part of any school official. However, these three points are not exclusive. One should conduct thorough research on the latest federal and state case law to see whether your state or federal circuit has its own case law supplementing the requirements in McCollum, Zorach, and Ball.

 

Department of Education Website Nevada Department of Education

Website: http://www.doe.nv.gov/

 

DETAILS for Nevada
Statutes Nevada compulsory attendance law requires that all children, ages 7-16 (inclusive), must attend public school. NEV. REV. STAT. § 392.040 However, a child may be excused if "the child's receiving at home or in some other school equivalent instruction of the kind and amount approved by the State Board of Education." NEV. REV. STAT. § 392.070.

Nevada statutes do not expressly allow or prohibit Released Time for religious instruction for public school students.

 

Attorney General 1) AGO 320 (3-3-1954)

This opinion expressly states that Released Time from public school attendance for the purpose of religious instruction is not authorized by Nevada Laws.

2) AGO 316 (2-19-1954) AGO 14 (2-23-1955)

These opinions both hold that governing Boards of public schools do not have the authority to allow use of public school buildings or facilities by religious groups for sectarian purposes. If Released Time programs were allowed, the religious instruction could not be given on school property.