Sry, Not quite true. Briefly asked, why is there a Dept of Education in D.C. if they have nothing to do with local schools? I also can't see how reduced & free meals could not at least influence any school that recieves them.<quoted text>
The problem here is that it was not Congress that prohibited or endorsed such prayer. Congress is a federal entity while schools were a local entity. Congress has nothing to do with states or local municipalities or how those local governments run their schools.
The restrictions or permissions of local schools have nothing to do with the federal government sponsoring a religion. Again, the intent of the founders was that the federal government not sponsor or write federal laws with religion in mind.
That would seem a good reason for school vouchers...freedom away from the Feds!