Consent Decree Limits Religion at Fla. School District

By Mark Walsh — May 08, 2009 1 min read
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A federal district judge has approved a consent decree in which a Florida school district agrees to end school-sponsored religious practices, including prayers and baccalaureate services.

“School officials shall neither offer nor participate in a prayer during or in conjunction with a school event,” says one of many requirements set forth in the consent decree approved May 6 by U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers of Pensacola, Fla.

The decree came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida on behalf of two high school students against the Santa Rosa County school district.

The decree also bars any school official from promoting his or her personal religious beliefs in class or at school events.

The ACLU of Florida has this press release about the case.

A version of this news article first appeared in The School Law Blog.