Education A National Roundup

Federal Judge Rules District Can Set Limits on Take-Home Fliers

April 05, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Maryland school district that a religious group sued over fliers promoting its Bible-study club.

The Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maryland claimed in a 2001 lawsuit that the Montgomery County public schools violated its First Amendment rights when officials prohibited the fellowship from handing out take-home fliers to elementary pupils or from posting notices in schools. The district said the fliers were religious in nature. The fellowship lost in court and appealed the ruling.

Meanwhile, the Montgomery County district revised its policy last year to allow the fellowship and similar organizations to post fliers on school bulletin boards, but not give them directly to students.

The fellowship sought a permanent court order to allow it to post the fliers and also sought permission to distribute fliers that would be put in students’ cubbies.

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, in Greenbelt, Md., ruled on March 24 that a permanent court order was unnecessary because the district had changed its policy. He further ruled that the district could limit the groups that can distribute take-home materials.

Events

Curriculum Webinar Computer Science Education Movement Gathers Momentum. How Should Schools React?
Discover how schools can expand opportunities for students to study computer science education.
School & District Management Webinar Fostering Student Well-Being with Programs That Work
Protecting student well-being has never been more important. Join this webinar to learn how to ensure your programs yield the best outcomes.
Reading & Literacy Webinar 'Science of Reading': What Are the Components?
Learn how to adopt a “science of reading” approach to early literacy to effectively build students’ vocabulary and content knowledge.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: September 21, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: September 7, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: August 31, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: August 24, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read