I grew up being told that God was kicked out of school on June 25, 1962 with the Engle v. Vitale case. I even remember my dad sporting a t-shirt at the beach on year that read, “They kicked Him out in 1962”. Statistics are given how school violence increased, along with immorality, and education began its steady decline. You can see this exemplified here.
Prayer is a vital part of one’s relationship with Jesus, and I am by no means attempting to diminish the importance that it should hold. But to try to assert that God was removed from the public school system when public prayer was banned is to attempt to cut God off at the knees. Scripture is chock full of instances where God’s people living in an anti-Jehovah world and yet God’s purposes were still being accomplished and unbelievers were being brought to faith in Him, regardless of the evil, less than conducive, surroundings.
We must not take lightly the truth that The Holy Spirit dwells with us. Where we are, God is. We must not remember that we are His body. It is through us that He continues to reach a humanity that desperately needs Him. As N.T. Wright has said, “What Jesus was to Israel, so the church is to be to the world.” (“The Challenge of Jesus” by N.T. Wright – IVP) As long as the public school system has within it students and/or faculty members who follow Jesus then God has not been kicked out of anything, He is very much present and working.