Posts Tagged ‘Equal Access Act’

Gay-straight club can meet at Fla. high school

MIAMI — A school district in rural Florida must allow a Gay-Straight Alliance to meet on campus and must provide for the well-being of gay and straight students, a federal judge has ruled.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of Okeechobee High School senior Yasmin Gonzalez in 2006 after the [...]

Federal judge: School can’t send buses to religious rally

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A public school can't bus students to a religious rally during school, a federal judge ruled yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi ruled immediately after yesterday's hearing, on the eve of today’s “Just for Jesus” rally at the Lake Charles Civic Center. She did not issue a written ruling yesterday.
The Alliance Defense [...]

Vt. student sues after high school won’t recognize Christian club

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Middlebury high school student is suing her school for denying a request by a student-run Christian club for official school recognition.
The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Burlington, claims the Middlebury Union High School has violated the federal Equal Access Act and First Amendment by refusing official [...]

Kan. school district ordered to give Christian club equal access

Editor's note: The Associated Press reported on June 7 that the school district had agreed to give the Christian athletes the same privileges as other groups. The settlement followed the injunction reported below.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A southeast Kansas school district must give a Christian
club the same access to school facilities that other groups receive, [...]

Gay-straight student club can’t meet at high school

LUBBOCK, Texas — A federal judge yesterday ruled that a group of gay high school students in this conservative West Texas city cannot meet on campus, siding with the Lubbock school district in a lawsuit filed by students.
The Lubbock Gay-Straight Alliance claimed in its July lawsuit that the district violated students' constitutional rights and a [...]

Kentucky gay-straight group can meet at high school

ASHLAND, Ky. — A federal judge has ordered a northeastern Kentucky school district to allow a newly formed Gay-Straight Alliance to meet on school grounds.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled on April 18 that the Boyd County school district must treat the group no differently than the Bible club, whether reading announcements over the intercom [...]

Colorado school district allows student Bible club

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — The Boulder Valley School District has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of two students who were originally denied permission to start a Bible club at Monarch High School.
The Virginia-based American Center for Law and Justice, which filed the federal lawsuit in January, settled after the district changed its policy to allow [...]

Students trying to form clubs have free speech, law on their side

Free speech for me — but not for thee.
That’s the message we’re hearing from a growing number of school districts around the country where administrators appear to be working overtime to ban student groups they don’t like — or fear might spark controversy in the community.
Banning unpopular speech isn’t a “left vs. right” issue. Opposition [...]

Group vows to take school-mural dispute to Supreme Court

Kenosha, Wis. — The Liberty Counsel says it will appeal a decision dismissing a lawsuit that accuses local school officials of violating the First Amendment rights of members of a student Bible club.
The nonprofit group based in Orlando, Fla., which provides legal services in religious-rights matters, said it would take the case to the U.S. [...]