School Closures

The Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of nine Christian schools challenging Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s resolution closing every school in the county for in-person education for grades 7-12. The court granted the schools an injunction, finding that the closure orders violate their rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.

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Curriculum Kerfuffle

A federal court in North Carolina denied parents’ request for a restraining order to prevent their son’s school from including the novel “The Poet X” in its ninth grade language arts curriculum. The parents claim the book promotes hostility towards Catholicism. Questioning traditional religion is one of the topics of the book, “yet the same might be said of celebrated authors such as Chaucer, Voltaire, Paine, Twain, or Sinclair Lewis,” the court wrote.

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Discrimination Policies

A federal court in Michigan dismissed a civil rights suit brought by parents of school-age children who, citing their Christian faith, claimed the Williamston Community School District Board’s policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identy and expression have a “chilling effect on their children’s freedom of speech and religion.”

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