M.L. v. Bowers (4th Cir.)

Special Education & Disabilities: Whether a school district must provide  a student with religious/cultural instruction in order to satisfy IDEA's  free appropriate public education requirement   

Religion in schools -- A matter of trust and training

Buy the fire truck before the fire – that is the advice of Charles Haynes. “Get prepared for this,” he told an audience of school attorneys. “School districts that have a trust level with their community are in the best position to avoid litigation.”

“This” is conflicts on religion in public schools – which Haynes, senior scholar and director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum, said are mostly preventable with policies, staff training, and building trust in the community.

Richardson v. State of North Carolina (N.C. Sup. Ct.)

Privatization & School Choice: Vouchers – whether state’s private school voucher program violates state constitution

EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief)

Employment Discrimination: Title VII – duty to provide religious accommodation in the absence of actual notice of need for accommodation

High school journalists look for answers on covering Religion

Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association, Executive Director, today joined moderator Charles Haynes, from the Religious Freedom Center, Newseum Institute, and panelists Michelle Boorstein, Religion Reporter, The Washington Post; Stella Edwards, Legislative Committee Chair, National Parent-Teacher Association; Murali Balaji, Director, Education and Curriculum Reform for the Hindu American Foundation; and David Kulp, senior at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; at the National High School Journalism Convention in Washington.

COSA Webinar: Prayer and Public School Board Meetings: Any Change After Greece?

Have your school board clients changed or strengthened their legislative prayer policies following the Supreme Court's May 5, 2014 decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway? Did the Court's decision modify, or merely clarify, Marsh v. Chambers? We will take a hard look at the decision, including prior precedent and legal arguments pro and con for application of Greece's principles to school board meetings.

NSBA Amicus Brief - Wigg v. Sioux Falls School District 49-5 (8th Cir.)

First Amendment: religion, freedom of speech - elementary school teacher's participation in after hours student religious club

NSBA Amicus Brief - Harris v. School District of Palm Beach County (11th Cir.)

First Amendment: student expression - viewpoint discrimination based on religion - Establishment Clause concerns, by Julie Underwood


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