“The purpose of this paper is to identify the legal regulations surround- ing released-time religious instruction in an attempt to eliminate confusion, lessen litigation, and give direction with respect to this sphere of education. To accomplish this, we must first take a look at the beginning of released- time programs to situate the phenomenon in its historical context. It is then important that we analyze major litigation and court rulings that have made an impact on defining the legal parameters of released-time instruction. Lastly, it will be beneficial to list the legal guidelines that resulted from the court cases. In so doing, we see a clearer definition of separation between church and state and accommodation for private religious beliefs so as to improve relations between released-time programs and public schools.”
Casey W. Ashcroft, Regulations for Released-Time Religious Education: A Historical Perspective, 12 Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel No. 2 (2011).