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GROVE CITY, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania school board has decided not to replace a pre-meeting spoken prayer with a moment of silence.
The Grove City School District north of Pittsburgh had discussed changing the policy for about two months. The Herald newspaper of Sharon reports that the board needed six of nine members to approve the policy change.
But on Monday only four board members voted to change the policy, three voted against it, and two abstained.
The area is home to Grove City College, a conservative Christian school, and several like-minded churches.
The newspaper says several citizens praised the decision, including one who said, "It's time for men to stand up and not be intimidated by possible lawsuits." Board member Adam Renick says he voted to keep prayer to be an example to his children.
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