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Church will no longer pray with public school students in Alabama (September 5, 2019)

9/5/2019 · A local church will no longer be allowed to pray with Alabama public school students during the school day, following an open records request from FFRF. A concerned local resident reported that members of the Westside Baptist Church in Tuscumbia had been permitted to enter … More »

Religious displays in a Missouri school district removed (September 4, 2019)

9/4/2019 · Several religious displays in a Missouri school district will be removed due to a letter of complaint from FFRF. A concerned Willard Public Schools parent reported multiple constitutional violations occurring in the district. The complainant reports that Willard Central Elementary School displayed multiple posters with … More »

Kentucky Elementary school stops promoting a religious event (September 4, 2019)

9/4/2019 · A flyer for a religious event has been removed from the Tyner (Ky.) Elementary School website and official Facebook page after FFRF alerted district leadership of its unconstitutionality. A community member reported that the school was advertising a release-time program sponsored by the Elgin Foundation … More »

Fresno district nixes chaplaincy program (September 4, 2019)

9/4/2019 · The Fresno Unified School District has replaced an official school chaplaincy program with a secular alternative after a complaint from FFRF. FFRF first contacted the district in June, after it was reported that the Fresno Unified School District had been operating a chaplaincy program in … More »

Texas district adds disclaimer to religious endorsement (August 29, 2019)

8/29/2019 · A Texas district will add disclaimers of district endorsement to advertising of religious events following a complaint from FFRF. It was reported to FFRF that, in May, Lubbock-Cooper High School advertised a baccalaureate service in its weekly newsletter. The advertisement quoted Psalm 16:8 and asked … More »

Annual religious event ceased at Michigan high school (August 27, 2019)

8/27/2019 · A Michigan public school district has ceased all involvement with an annual religious event after FFRF pointed out the constitutional issues with such a religious endorsement. The Mesick High School Marching Band reportedly performed the national anthem at the 18th annual “Blessing of the Jeeps” … More »

Religious decoration removed from Arkansas school cafeteria (August 26, 2019)

8/26/2019 · A religious decoration has been removed from a Springdale Public Schools cafeteria, thanks to a complaint from FFRF. A member of the Springdale community reported that a decorative Latin cross is displayed in the lunchroom at Linda Childers Knapp Elementary School, and apparently displayed in … More »

Christian organization no longer be given access to students (August 23, 2019)

8/23/2019 · A Christian organization will no longer be given access to students in a North Carolina district during the school day following intervention from FFRF. A Pitt County Schools parent reported that adults from WyldLife, a branch of Young Life, an organization whose goal is to … More »

Religious signs taken down from Miss. school (August 2, 2019)

8/2/2019 · In Mississippi, several religious signs have been removed from George County Schools property following FFRF’s intervention. A district community member reported to FFRF that signs displaying a Christian cross had appeared on several district properties. The signs feature a large cross next to the words … More »

Michigan school districts end ‘Conquerors’ visits (August 1, 2019)

8/1/2019 · Three Michigan districts will discontinue invitations to the infamous “Conquerors” after complaints that their assemblies amount to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion in public schools. FFRF Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin McNamara wrote letters to Constantine Public Schools, Schoolcraft Community Schools and Sturgis Public … More »

Religious photo removed from teacher’s desk (July 29, 2019)

7/29/2019 · A religious photo has been removed from an Illinois public school classroom following FFRF intervention. A Freeburg Community High School District 77 community member reported that a teacher at Freeburg High displayed a photo in her classroom that urged students to “Seek the Lord,” along … More »

Invocation, benediction removed from ceremony (July 24, 2019)

7/24/2019 · An annual benediction did not occur at a North Carolina public school graduation ceremony this year, due to a complaint from FFRF. An Elkin High School student reported that every year Elkin High School directs students to deliver an invocation and benediction as part of … More »

Indiana school district ends graduation prayers (July 19, 2019)

7/19/2019 · An Indiana school district has discontinued scheduling prayer at graduation ceremonies after a letter from FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne. A district community member reported that the South Vermillion High School graduation ceremony on May 25 featured a pre-scheduled Christian prayer. The ceremony’s written program … More »

Illinois township calls off Ark Encounter trip (July 2, 2019)

7/2/2019 · Scheduled trips to the Ark Encounter and other religious venues have been called off by an Illinois township following a letter of complaint from FFRF. A local resident reported that Frankfort Township recently sponsored a religiously themed trip that included visits to the Ark Encounter … More »

Missouri Community College Upholds the First Amendment (June 27, 2019)

6/27/2019 · A Missouri community college has reaffirmed its responsibility to uphold First Amendment rights after FFRF intervened. A concerned Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City employee reported to FFRF that Chancellor Kimberly Beatty’s inauguration ceremony, held on Aug. 24, was rife with preaching and prayer. Attendance … More »

Prayer Does Not Persist at School Athletic Event (June 27, 2019)

6/27/2019 · A California school district has taken steps to ensure scheduled prayer does not persist at school athletic events following intervention from FFRF. A concerned San Ramon Valley Unified School District parent reported that the two most recent California High men’s lacrosse banquets opened with a … More »

Loudspeaker Prayers Ended in Colorado (June 26, 2019)

6/26/2019 · Loudspeaker prayers at sporting events have been interrupted in Colorado by a letter of complaint from FFRF. A concerned resident reported that a Colorado High School Activities Association baseball game between Monarch High School and Regis Jesuit High School, as part of the Colorado High … More »

Georgia Chaplain Will no Longer Lead Prayers (June 25, 2019)

6/25/2019 · A Cedartown High School coach and an official team chaplain will cease leading prayers with the football team following a letter of complaint from FFRF. In March, Cedartown High School football coach Doyle Kelley delivered an alarming sermon at the Georgia Statehouse, where he discussed … More »

Basketball League Opened Regardless of Religious Affiliation in Illinois (June 20, 2019)

6/20/2019 · A city-sponsored basketball league in Charleston has been opened up to all men regardless of their religious affiliation, after FFRF complained about its exclusionary religious requirement. A local resident reported that the city of Charleston was offering a men’s church basketball league. The posting on … More »

Maryland county grants open to all nonprofits (June 20, 2019)

6/20/2019 · Any future Montgomery County, Md., grants will be open to all nonprofit organizations regardless of religious affiliation, after FFRF raised concerns with a recent initiative providing grant funds to faith-based facilities. A concerned taxpayer reported that, earlier this year, the county awarded $200,000 to a … More »

Ten Commandments plaque removed (June 19, 2019)

6/19/2019 · New Philadelphia City Schools has removed a 92-year-old Ten Commandments plaque from Welty Middle School after the FFRF lodged a complaint against the unconstitutional religious display. A concerned district parent had reported to FFRF that the school prominently displayed the plaque near its auditorium entrance. … More »

Police & Fire Department in Oklahoma Will Not Fundraise for Salvation Army (June 18, 2019)

6/18/2019 · Both the Claremore Police Department and Claremore Fire Department will no longer use official time and resources to fundraise for the Salvation Army after FFRF pointed out the unconstitutionality of such practices. A local Claremore resident informed FFRF that multiple police officers rang bells for … More »

Religious Groups No Longer Permitted on School Property in Idaho (June 18, 2019)

6/18/2019 · Supervisors and principals in the Post Falls School District have been reminded by FFRF that religious groups are not permitted to advertise on school property. A concerned parent informed FFRF that Real Life Ministries, a local church group, came to River City Middle School’s eighth-grade … More »

Religious Messages on Public Schools Social Media Halted (June 14, 2019)

6/14/2019 · A religious message has been removed from the Webbers Falls Public Schools Facebook page and website after intervention from FFRF. Multiple area residents reported that district Superintendent Dixie Swearingen posted a religious message on the district’s social media in response to catastrophic flood damage in … More »

Prayer Ended at Official School Events in Michigan (June 7, 2019)

7/7/2019 · After receiving a complaint letter from FFRF, a Michigan public school coach has pledged to cease including prayer at official school events. An Okemos Public Schools parent reported that a cheerleader awards banquet sponsored by the district began with a student delivering a prayer after … More »

Prayers at Texas school graduation won’t continue (May 31, 2019)

5/31/2019 · The Seguin Independent School District in Texas has altered its graduation ceremonies, to avoid its tradition of opening and closing with prayers led by students. A district parent informed FFRF that Seguin High School has a practice of scheduling opening and closing prayers at each … More »

Web-filtering service will not block the websites of minority religious groups (April 29, 2019)

5/29/2019 · Federal Hocking Local Schools has taken action to ensure its web-filtering service is not unconstitutionally blocking websites of minority religious groups. A district student reported that Federal Hocking Local Schools had been violating the rights of its students by blocking the websites of minority … More »

Religious advertisement removed from school’s social media (May 17, 2019)

5/17/2019 · Woodson School District #366 has removed a religious advertisement from its social media page after FFRF’s intervention. A district parent alerted FFRF to an advertisement for a religious baccalaureate event taking place at the Toronto Cowboy Church on the district’s official Facebook page. Legal … More »

Religious club moved outside of school hours (May 16, 2019)

5/16/2019 · A North Canton City Schools high school will move a religious club outside of school hours due to a complaint from FFRF. A concerned student has reported that outside preachers regularly attend meetings and preach Christianity to students during the school day as part … More »

Changes made to religious baccalaureate program (May 15, 2019)

5/15/2019 · Hamilton Community Schools will make changes to its current protocol regarding a religious baccalaureate program after FFRF intervention. A district parent informed FFRF that Hamilton Community Schools sponsored and promoted a baccalaureate ceremony for graduating seniors held at a local church. The event was … More »

Changes made to an annual prayer breakfast (May 14, 2019)

5/14/2019 · The city of New Hope is making changes to an annual prayer breakfast, addressing concerns brought to light by FFRF. A New Hope resident reported that each year the city hosts a “Community Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.” The event was reportedly sponsored by the city … More »

Religious music halted over school loudspeaker (May 14, 2019)

5/14/2019 · Alexander County Schools has ceased playing religious music over the school loudspeaker following a letter of complaint. A parent of a student at Bethlehem Elementary School said that employees regularly play Christian radio stations over the loudspeaker before school begins each day. Legal Fellow Chris … More »

Religious language revamped on field trip form (May 13, 2019)

5/13/2019 · Dodgeland School District has revamped its field trip form and policies after FFRF alerted officials to religious language. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that students and parents were asked to sign a religious statement in a list of rules related to … More »

Promotion on social media for church bulletin ended (May 10, 2019)

5/10/2019 · The Lemonade House Grille has discontinued a social media promotion for a free appetizer for presenting a church bulletin. Offering a church bulletin discount violates the federal Civil Rights Act as well as Oklahoma civil rights law, Associate Counsel Liz Cavell pointed out to … More »

Christian music will no longer be played in Colorado (May 6, 2019)

5/6/2019 · Christian music will no longer be played in a public recreation center in Denver after objection from FFRF. A concerned Athmar Recreation Center patron reported that the recreation center frequently played Christian music over the facility’s PA system. The complainant reported that multiple patrons have … More »

FFRF sues Congress for invocation discrimination (2019)

5/5/2019 · On the 2016 National Day of Prayer, May 5, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against Congress for refusing to allow Co-President Dan Barker to deliver the House of Representatives invocation as a guest chaplain. As noted in Barker’s complaint, he is not asking … More »

Teacher’s imposition of religion ended at elementary school (May 3, 2019)

5/3/2019 · FFRF’s intervention formalized an end to a teacher’s imposition of religion on her elementary school students in Birmingham. A concerned parent had informed FFRF that a first-grade teacher at Norwood Elementary School was leading her students in prayer every day before lunch. The teacher was … More »

Unconstitutional partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes remedied (May 3, 2019)

5/3/2019 · Forney Independent School District is taking several positive steps to remedy its unconstitutional partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). A community member reported that the district partnered with FCA, a private religious organization, to host a jointly-sponsored athletic event called the “FCA … More »

Religious activities ceased in high school football program (May 2, 2019)

5/2/2019 · Pueblo City Schools has been instructed to cease religious activities as part of its football program after insistence by FFRF. A concerned local resident reported that the East High School football team has a chaplain. An article published in the Pueblo Chieftain published last … More »

Religious iconography removed from library website in Tennessee (May 1, 2019)

5/1/2019 · The Blount County Public Library has removed religious iconography from its website. The complainant reported that the library had three Latin crosses on its website and on a computer inside of the library used to search its catalog. Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to … More »

Large bible verse painting removed from school property (April 29, 2019)

4/29/2019 · A large bible verse painting has been removed from Muroc Joint Unified School District property after FFRF intervened. A concerned parent reported that Desert Junior/Senior High School had a bible verse painted on a retaining wall near the main office. The verse cited was … More »

Baccalaureate services and prayers dropped at commencement (April 29, 2019)

4/29/2019 · The Clymer Central School District agreed to drop baccalaureate services and prayers at commencements after FFRF asked it to end the unconstitutional practices. A concerned Clymer resident contacted FFRF to report that the district had been sponsoring an annual baccalaureate service for graduating seniors … More »

Prayer halted at school board meetings in California (April 26, 2019)

4/26/2019 · A concerned Clovis Unified School District parent reported that the district was opening its board meetings with prayer. According to the parent, board meeting agendas included an “invocation” which is “invariably a Christian prayer,” led by a board member. FFRF Associate Counsel Liz Cavell … More »

Four crosses removed from state property (April 26, 2019)

4/26/2019 · Four crosses in Marshall have been removed from state property after FFRF drew attention to the unconstitutionality of such a display. A Marshall resident reported that there was a roadside memorial consisting of four illuminated Latin crosses on I-94. These crosses had reportedly been … More »

Religious displays were removed from the inmate law library in Virginia (April 25, 2019)

4/25/2019 · Multiple religious displays were removed from the inmate law library at Coffeewood Correctional Facility in Mitchells due to a complaint from FFRF. Multiple concerned inmates told FFRF that the facility had erected a large Christian-themed display in the law library, including a prominent Ten Commandments … More »

Religious sign removed from courthouse window (April 24, 2019)

4/24/2019 · A religious sign was removed from a courthouse window at the Benton District courthouse following FFRF’s complaint. A Benton community member reported that a sign hung in the window that read: “WE ALL FAIL. WE ALL FALL. BUT JESUS PICKS US UP EACH TIME … More »

High school will forego prayer at graduations in Minnesota (April 24, 2019)

4/24/2019 · Fulda High School’s decided, after hearing from FFRF, to forego prayer at high school graduation this year in favor of a valedictorian speech and a nonreligious moment of silence. A concerned Fulda Independent School District community member reported to FFRF that the 2019 high … More »

Religious advertisement from the front entrance of school (April 22, 2019)

4/22/2019 · Davis Elementary School in Marietta has removed a religious advertisement from the front entrance from the school after FFRF sent a letter of complaint. A Cobb County School District parent reported that the school was promoting a religious organization called “RISE UP!” by displaying … More »

Coach will no longer promote religion to his team (April 22, 2019)

4/22/2019 · The Animas Public Schools high school basketball coach who was violating the Constitution resigned after FFRF alerted the school district. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that the head coach of the Animas High School boys basketball team was promoting religion to his … More »

Biology teacher will no longer promote Christianity to students (April 19, 2019)

4/19/2019 · A concerned parent reported that a biology teacher at Daviess County High School was regularly promoting Christianity to students, including showing videos of sermons in class. At least one of these videos, reviewed by FFRF, showed a bloodied Jesus hanging on the cross while … More »

Godly broadcast removed from Pennsylvania school district (April 17, 2019)

4/17/2019 · A Pennsylvania school district has removed a godly broadcast tagged on to the Pledge of Allegiance after hearing from FFRF. A concerned Springfield School District parent informed FFRF that Sabold Elementary School had been proclaiming “God Bless America” over the loudspeaker following the Pledge of … More »

Atheist gives a secular invocation in Kansas (April 15, 2019)

4/15/2019 · The Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners has agreed to let an atheist give a secular invocation following FFRF’s challenge to its original denial of the request. A Sedgwick County resident told FFRF he had been denied the opportunity to present an invocation before the … More »

Baccalaureate removed in Georgia (April 11, 2019)

4/11/2019 · A concerned Henry County (Ga.) Schools employee reported that Union Grove High School organizes, endorses and advertises a baccalaureate for its seniors each year. Faculty members reportedly often speak at the event and met with students during the school day to organize it. The … More »

Ohio school will hold future events at secular locations (April 11, 2019)

4/11/2019 · Dalton Local Schools has been instructed by its attorneys to hold future events at secular locations, thanks to FFRF. A local resident reported that the Dalton High School Choralation group performed at Cornerstone Community Church and previously performed at the Dalton United Methodist Church during … More »

Religious club will no longer be promoted by a teacher (April 5, 2019)

4/5/2019 · FFRF resolved multiple constitutional violations in Jefferson County Schools after a district community member alerted FFRF to ongoing violations in the district. The complainant reported that Clay-Chalkville High School promoted a “See You at the Pole” event to its students. The school reportedly included a … More »

Missouri coaches cease praying with students (April 1, 2019)

4/1/2019 · Wrestling coaches in Jackson County R-II School District have been instructed to cease praying with students, after receiving a letter from FFRF. A concerned citizen contacted FFRF to report that Jackson Senior High School wrestling coaches regularly pray with their team. Photos shared on the … More »

Gideons will no longer be allowed in Kentucky classroom (March 25, 2019)

3/25/2019 · The Webster County School District in Dixon, Ky., has instructed school administrators to contact the school board and discuss any requests regarding religious materials following a visit by the Gideons to the district. A Clay Elementary School parent reported that on Nov. 28, the school … More »

Latin cross has been removed from New Mexico county building (March 25, 2019)

3/25/2019 · Following a complaint by FFRF, a Latin cross has been removed from a county building in Carlsbad, N.M. A local resident reported that a cross was displayed prominently in the Eddy County Clerk Office, a location that was used for early voting in October of … More »

Religion taken off health curriculum in Arkansas (March 22, 2019)

3/22/2019 · The Arkansas Department of Education has followed a recommendation from FFRF in ensuring the removal of religious promotion from its online health curriculum. FFRF wrote a letter of complaint to the district expressing the concerns of a parent of an Arkansas public high school student … More »

Mississippi school district removes religious displays (March 22, 2019)

3/22/2019 · A Mississippi school district has removed unconstitutional religious iconography from its schools, following a recommendation from FFRF. A Lee County Schools community member reported to FFRF multiple displays promoting religion in areas of Saltillo Elementary School frequented by students and community members on school business. … More »

Georgia high school coach will no longer pray with team (March 19, 2019)

3/19/2019 · At Peach County Schools in Georgia, administrators have pledged to educate coaches on expectations regarding First Amendment requirements, thanks to a letter from FFRF. A local resident reported that the Peach County High School football coach had been praying with his team. FFRF Legal Fellow … More »

School halts school-sponsored religious endorsement (March 14, 2019)

3/14/2019 · Loudspeaker prayer will not continue in United Local Schools after FFRF alerted the district to the unconstitutionality of such school-sponsored religious endorsement. A concerned parent reported that a prayer was broadcast over the loudspeaker prior to a United High School basketball game. The complainant reports … More »

School will not force students to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance (March 11, 2019)

3/11/2019 · A parent contacted FFRF to report that an elementary school principal in Alton was forcing a young student to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne contacted the district superintendent and received assurances that the student would be allowed to sit … More »

Duplin County has addressed concerns over constitutional violation (March 8, 2019)

3/8/2019 · The Duplin County School District has taken action to address concerns over constitutional violations in its district after FFRF received reports that the Wallace-Rose High School football coach led his team in prayer during team activities. FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott wrote to Superintendent Austin … More »

Arkansas school will not be exposed to religious promotion (March 8, 2019)

3/8/2019 · Student athletes in Panama City Schools will not be exposed to religious promotion during official school events, following intervention from FFRF. The Panama High School football team reportedly attended a football “team” camp at Hackett High School in Arkansas. At the camp, the players were … More »

Scheduled prayer ends in Georgia (March 7, 2019)

3/7/2019 · Scheduled prayer has ceased at Lowndes County (Ga.) School Board meetings after persistent pressure from FFRF. A concerned Lowndes County Schools parents first reported more than a year ago that the Lowndes County Board of Education begins all of its meetings with a scheduled prayer. … More »

Cobb County police department will avoid constitutional violations (March 7, 2019)

3/7/2019 · The name of a Cobb County Police Department-sponsored public event series has changed from “Faith Forums” to “Community Forums” after pressure from FFRF. Multiple community members in Marietta, Ga., informed FFRF that CCPD was sponsoring “Faith Forums,” which apparently function as community forums intended to … More »

Teacher-led religious club disbanded in a Texas (March 5, 2019)

3/5/2019 · An unconstitutional, teacher-led religious club was disbanded in a Texas district following FFRF’s persistent interference. A local community member reported that a teacher at C.C. Hardy Elementary School had been organizing, promoting and leading “Kats for Christ,” an explicitly Christian club, at the school. In addition … More »

FFRF stops New Jersey grants to repair churches (March 4, 2019)

3/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and member David Steketee filed a lawsuit Dec. 1, 2015, in New Jersey state court against Morris County and county officials, challenging public grants of tax dollars to repair or maintain churches. FFRF with Steketee, a taxpayer in Morris … More »

Hamilton County School in Tennessee will remain neutral on religion (February 27, 2019)

2/27/2019 · Staff members at Soddy Daisy High School in Hamilton County will be reminded of their obligation to remain neutral on religious matters after FFRF brought a serious violation to the administration’s attention. A district parent reported that a school staff member has been praying with … More »

Huntsville school updates discriminatory dress code (February 26, 2019)

2/26/2019 · Bob Jones High School in Huntsville will update its dress code to remove a discriminatory rule regarding religion in next year’s policy. A concerned local resident reported that the current student dress code prohibits students from wearing “T-shirts, clothing, or other personal items bearing a … More »

Hardin County police offer removes cross pin from uniform (February 25, 2019)

2/25/2019 · A Hardin County officer has removed a cross pin from his uniform after FFRF brought the issue to the attention of the sheriff’s office. A concerned Hardin County resident reported that a deputy in the sheriff’s office wears a religious pin on his official uniform; … More »

Georgia school will no longer religiously pressure football team (February 21, 2019)

2/21/2019 · A Georgia school district will not continue religiously pressuring its high school football team after FFRF interceded. FFRF had contacted Toombs County Schools in October after a resident informed it that coaches and an outside pastor were praying with the high school football team and … More »

School has affirmed its commitment to protecting its students rights (February 21, 2019)

2/21/2019 · The Benton County School District has affirmed its commitment to protecting its students’ First Amendment rights, thanks to FFRF. A local parent reported that teachers at Hickory Flat Attendance Center instructed students to read from the bible and to complete religious assignments as part of … More »

Meigs County school discontinues religious programs (February 21, 2019)

2/21/2019 · A Meigs County school has assured FFRF that unconstitutional religious programs will not continue after a complaint that its former coach was promoting religion to players. FFRF wrote to Meigs Local School Superintendent Scot Gheen after a concerned parent reported that the high school football … More »

Manchester hospital has opted for a more inclusive table display (February 20, 2019)

2/20/2019 · A New Hampshire VA hospital has opted for a more inclusive “missing man” table display after FFRF intervened. A concerned veteran and patient of the Manchester VA Medical Center contacted FFRF to report that the center’s “missing man” table display honoring POW/MIA soldiers included a … More »

Georgia school will no longer hold chorus concert at a church (February 14, 2019)

2/14/2019 · Future events in the Dalton Public Schools will be relocated from a nearby church after a district parent reported their child was forced to perform at the nearby First Baptist Church of Dalton. Brookwood Elementary School held a chorus concert at the church, where students … More »

School will no longer be subjected to religious promotion in school (February 13, 2019)

2/13/2019 · Decatur Public Schools students will no longer be subjected to religious promotion in school after a district parent reported a concerning partnership between E.J. Muffley Elementary School and Calvary Baptist Church. The parent reported numerous instances where, during the school day, Muffley Elementary teachers … More »

Stapleton (NE) stops Todd Becker Foundation's event (February 6, 2019)

2/6/2019 · Promotions for a religious Todd Becker Foundation event have been removed from Stapleton Public Schools’ website. Stapleton Public Schools had been promoting and endorsing a religious worship event being put on by the Todd Becker Foundation at North Platte High School. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line … More »

Denton (TX) will remain neutral on religion (February 5, 2019)

2/5/2019 · Religious rituals will not be included in district-sponsored meetings in the Denton Independent School District anymore. A district employee contacted FFRF to report that the district invited a religious leader from Morse Street Baptist Church to give a Christian prayer at the staff Christmas party … More »

Johnston County (NC) removes religious email signature (January 31, 2019)

1/31/2019 · A teacher in the Johnston County School District has removed a religious email signature from his school account. A parent in the district reported that a teacher at South Jackson High School was sending emails from his school email account with religious messages included in … More »

California school's camp will be held at a secular location (January 31, 2019)

1/31/2019 · Rocklin Academy Charter School will move an annual field trip from a Christian camp retreat to a secular location in the future. A concerned parent reported that Rocklin Academy Gateway takes an annual field trip to Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds (ARCG), an evangelical retreat. ARCG’s … More »

Wichita public school marquee won't advertise after-school bible club (January 31, 2019)

1/31/2019 · A public marquee in Wichita Public Schools will no longer advertise an after-school bible club. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to Unified School District No. 259’s general counsel, alerting the school to the unconstitutionality of using a school-owned marquee to advertise religious clubs. The school … More »

Effingham Illinois school will not promote creationism event in the schools (January 28, 2019)

1/28/2019 · FFRF has extracted a pledge from an Illinois school district to curb creationism-promoting events in its schools. A concerned district parent contacted FFRF after discovering that a fourth-grade math assignment at Central Grade School in Effingham included unconstitutional overt religious instruction. The assignment consisted of counting … More »

Columbia Missouri employee reminded of constitutional obligation (January 25, 2019)

1/25/2019 · A Columbia Public Schools employee has been reminded of his obligation to refrain from leading or participating in religious clubs at school. A concerned district community member reported that a teacher and basketball coach at Gentry Middle School had been actively leading a Fellowship of … More »

Rowan County (KY) reminds school district employees of constitutional obligations (January 22, 2019)

1/22/2019 · FFRF addressed two separate instances of coach-sponsored prayer in Rowan County Schools, prompting the district to remind district employees of their constitutional obligations. First, a concerned parent of a Rowan County Senior High School band member contacted FFRF to report that the band was subjected … More »

Tuba City School District in Arizona will not longer have prayer at graduation (January 18, 2019)

1/18/2019 · Tuba City Unified School District #15 will no longer allow prayer at its graduation ceremonies. FFRF was informed that Tuba City Junior High School’s 2018 graduation ceremony included an opening prayer led by a student. FFRF Associate Counsel Elizabeth Cavell wrote to Superintendent Sharlene Navaho, … More »

Wisconsin school will not lease space to church (January 17, 2019)

1/17/2019 · FFRF wrote to the school board president in the Tomorrow River School District to urge the school not to lease space in St. James and St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Amherst for classes as it was considering doing. After reviewing records related to … More »

Nazareth (PA) takes down cross from public property (January 16, 2019)

1/16/2019 · FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert sent a letter to the borough administrator of Nazareth after a local resident contacted FFRF to report a cross that was displayed on what the complainant understood to be public property. The display has a silhouette of a soldier … More »

Pike County Elementary School (KY) won't show religious movies (January 14, 2019)

1/14/2019 · A Christian adventure comedy called “The Star” will not be shown in Pike County Schools again. A Valley Elementary School parent reported to FFRF that a third-grade science teacher at the school showed a film called “The Star” in class. The movie apparently follows the … More »

Midwest City (OK) ensures school will remain neutral on religion (January 14, 2019)

1/14/2019 · The Mid-Del City school district is taking steps to ensure it is in compliance with its constitutional obligation to remain neutral on religion. A parent in the Mid-Del School District reported that Schwartz Elementary School held a Christmas concert last December that included religious worship … More »

Orem, Utah university won't center class assignment around a nativity scene (January 10, 2019)

1/10/2019 · Utah Valley University has reconsidered a continuing education class assignment that centered around creating a nativity scene. A local Orem resident reported that Utah Valley University’s continuing education program includes a woodcarving class where students will “complete and paint the beginning of a Nativity set: … More »

Bibb County School District in Georgia will no longer have prayer at meetings (January 9, 2019)

1/9/2019 · FFRF has ensured that Bibb County School District will no longer include prayer in district-sponsored meetings. A district employee reported that a mandatory employee meeting at Central High School last August began with a prayer that lasted between three and five minutes and invoked Jesus. … More »

Kentwood (MI) substitute teacher won't pray with students (January 9, 2019)

1/9/2019 · FFRF received an exemplary response from a school district in Kentwood after reporting a substitute teacher praying with students in Kentwood Public Schools. A concerned Southwood Elementary School parent contacted FFRF after a substitute teacher led third-grade students in prayer in the classroom. The complainant … More »

Quanah ISD halts prayer at graduations (January 8, 2019)

1/8/2019 · FFRF scored two victories for state/church separation in Quanah ISD. FFRF received records from the district which confirm that Quanah High School had a practice of scheduling prayers and religious remarks at its graduation ceremonies. Each graduation ceremony for the last three years has … More »

Texas school district will no longer allow the distribution of bibles in its schools (January 8, 2019)

1/8/2019 · A Texas school district will no longer allow the distribution of bibles in its schools after intervention from FFRF. A concerned parent of a district student reported that Van Middle School allowed a group of outside adults access to the campus to distribute New … More »

Filer School District in Idaho will not allow Gideons to distribute Bibles (January 8, 2019)

1/8/2019 · The infamous bible-distributing Gideons will not be allowed back in the Filer School District. FFRF received a complaint that Gideons International, an organization whose mission is to spread Christian doctrine, was allowed to distribute bibles to students at Filer Intermediate School in November. The school … More »

Jeromesville (OH) schools will no longer assign students religious projects (January 8, 2019)

1/8/2019 · A school district in Ohio will no longer assign students to complete religious Christmas projects, thanks to intervention from FFRF. A concerned parent in the Hillsdale Local School District in Jeromesville reported that Hillsdale Elementary School required its students to complete a religious craft assignment … More »

Davis (UT) school will no longer recite prayers at school events (January 7, 2019)

1/7/2019 · Corrective action has been taken to ensure that a Utah school district will no longer recite prayers at school events. A concerned citizen reported that North Layton Junior High School in Farmington held a Veterans Day Assembly that included a Christian prayer delivered by the … More »

Marlington Ohio school refrains from leading Youth 4 Christ club (January 7, 2019)

1/7/2019 · A teacher at Marlington High School has been instructed to refrain from leading Youth 4 Christ, a religious club at the school. While the teacher is listed as the “faculty advisor” for this club, the complainant reported that he also organizes and participates in … More »

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