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Archive for the ‘Church and schools’ Category.

 

Debate Ensues after Prayer Circle Held at Michigan School

The Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal by a football coach who was let go by his school district because he prayed on the field at games.

October 23rd, 2018

Michigan’s Lake City community is responding after the local high school removed a video depicting a “family circle” from social media. This “family circle” occurred at a football field where coaches, players, and fans held hands to pray for the coach’s daughter, who is in the hospital. Despite the small size of the community, the Read More


Lawsuit Filed Against Religious School Prohibitions

Three families recently initiated legal action in the US District Court over a Maine law that prohibits tuition reimbursements for religious schools.

September 13th, 2018

Three families in Maine recently initiated legal action in the United States District Court in Bangor against the commissioner of the Maine Department of Education over a law that prohibits tuition reimbursements for religious schools. For several decades, this law has stated that secondary schools are able to pay tuition for students who attend public Read More


Ninth Circuit Denies Prayer at School Board Meetings

A town in Illinois was recently asked by the Freedom from Religion Foundation to stop sponsoring religious trips such as one to a Creationist museum.

August 10th, 2018

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a California school board is prohibited from including prayers or making reference to Christian scripture at its meetings. This decision comes after the court upheld a 2016 injunction forbidding these practices. This decision sheds some important light on the role of prayer in school meetings. Origins Read More


Webster Parish Passes New Religious Policy Exception

The Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that a discrimination lawsuit initiated by a transgender student in Kansas City is allowed to proceed.

June 14th, 2018

  The Webster Parish School Board in Louisiana announced in April of 2018 that it plans to adopt a new policy concerning religious expression in public schools after a lawsuit was filed claiming the school’s officials promoted religious expression that violated the First Amendment. The policy is focused on preserving and explicating the religious rights Read More


Recent Case Involves Bullying and Religion

The US Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case challenging a 94-year-old cross that memorializes deceased World War I veterans in Maryland.

April 13th, 2018

  A teenager recently initiated a legal action against a religious private school in Texas after the teenager experienced bullying of a racist nature. The student claimed that the school did not make any efforts to stop the bullying, but the school claimed that its religious doctrine makes it immune from legal actions in these Read More


Legal Action Taken Against Group That Tried to Stop School Prayer

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently supported a ruling that prohibits a California district from continuing its prayer policy.

March 23rd, 2018

  Members of an Ohio community have initiated an action against a group that tried to pressure a high school to ban its tradition of school prayer before sporting events. The Freedom from Religion Foundation reports that the organization received a complaint from two concerned citizens who alleged serious violations of the constitution by the Read More


School District in Nevada Challenges First Amendment

The US Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case challenging a 94-year-old cross that memorializes deceased World War I veterans in Maryland.

February 15th, 2018

  Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a Christian church in Nevada, recently announced that its First Amendment rights are being violated by a rural school district ban on promotional flyers that the church wants to distribute at school programs. This announcement was made in a letter that was sent to the Lyon County School District seeking Read More


The Role of Released Time Programs

Released time refers to programs in which students voluntarily receive religious education during the course of the school year.

January 26th, 2018

  An increasing number of schools throughout the United States have begun to offer released time programs. Released time refers to programs in which students voluntarily receive religious education during the course of the school year. These programs are almost always required to occur outside of school buildings and are limited to how many hours Read More


Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Bible Class in Public School

A town in Illinois was recently asked by the Freedom from Religion Foundation to stop sponsoring religious trips such as one to a Creationist museum.

January 12th, 2018

  A federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit by two West Virginia residents and the Freedom from Religion Foundation that challenged the legality of a weekly Bible class in elementary and middle schools located in Mercer County, West Virginia, because the class is no longer being taught. United States District Judge David A. Faber argued that Read More


Louisiana School District Cited for Religious Practice in School

New Jersey Department of Education sends guidelines to schools explaining how to follow 2017 protection laws for transgender students.

December 20th, 2017

  There have been many cases in the news regarding the role that religious practice such as prayer should play in public schools. Recently, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a watchdog group in Washington D.C., accused the Bossier School District in Louisiana of violating the law in this area by implementing improper Christian prayer at public Read More