Gilbert school board reinstates pre-meeting prayer

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Gilbert Unified School District’s board is reinstating prayers before its meetings.

The board’s 3-2 vote changes a previous decision to just have a moment of silence.

The new policy states that participation in prayer is voluntary and isn’t considered public business conducted by the board because the prayer is said before the meeting officially starts.

The Arizona Republic ( ) reports that the board is now considering how to invite religious organizations to give the invocations and how to coordinate the timing.

The policy states that the board will invite members of religious organizations within district boundaries or a 20-mile radius to deliver an invocation.

Gilbert is a Phoenix suburb.

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