Illinois public schools have quietly phased out the daily "moment of silence" that was mandated by the state in 2007.
In June, State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch sent a special message to school superintendents. This is the text of that message:
"Last Thursday, May 29, 2008, the State Superintendent notified you that Judge Robert Gettleman issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting all school districts in the State of Illinois from conducting the mandatory moment of silence. On Monday, June 2, 2008, Judge Gettleman issued a written Order to that effect and directed the State Superintendent to send a copy of such Order to every school district in Illinois."
So it is written. But many schools did observe a moment of silence last week on Sept. 11, in memory of the terrorist attacks from seven years ago.