Fayette District Admits to Promoting Religion in School

3 years 2 months 6 days ago Thursday, June 12 2014 Jun 12, 2014 Thursday, June 12, 2014 4:37:00 PM CDT June 12, 2014 in News
By: John Guminski, KOMU 8 News

FAYETTE - The American Humanist Association has reached a settlement in its lawsuit with the Fayette R-III School District on Thursday over promoting religion in the district's public schools.

The American Humanist Association filed suit against the school district in November after a student contacted the group about the district violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. 

The American Humanist Association listed several violations in its suit against the Fayette School District. In a statement, the school district admitted to one First Amendment violation. The school district said it had been broadcasting information about weekly prayer meetings over the morning announcements. Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball said she agreed to change the district's policy on the matter. 

"After months of investigation and interviews, the district determined that virtually every allegation made by the Plaintiffs was false, misleading, or taken out-of-context. As a result, the District agreed that one allegation we did confirm as accurate, the content of the morning annoucement, would be a simple concession to make so that we could put this lawsuit behind us, and continue our mission of educating students," Kimball said.

The district said it will make the appropriate adjustments to the student handbook for the 2014-2015 school year. 

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