Liberty Counsel Sues School District for Religious Discrimination

Jun 24, 2014

Liberty Counsel filed a reply brief on behalf of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) for viewpoint discrimination. The religious, after-school club is seeking access to school facilities after the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Miles@Cranwood Elementary School Principal Chantelle Lewis insisted on charging the club a discriminatory access fee.

During the 2011/2012 school year, CEF maintained a Good News Club at Miles@Cranwood Elementary School without being assessed any facility-use fees. However, last year, the District began charging CEF $69.50 per hour, and the club had to close. Although the school board states that every community group is required to pay the fee to use the facility, the Boy Scouts of America, another character-building youth club, is conducting after-school meetings at Miles@Cranwood Elementary School free of charge.

Good News Clubs is one of the most positive things to happen to public schools. Imposing a financial barrier based on the religious viewpoint violates the right to free speech and hurts children.

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