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Religious group challenges Pasco school district's policies

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April

The Child Evangelism Fellowship Suncoast Chapter has offered its Bible-based Good News Club at a handful of Pasco County elementary schools after classes end. 

To get more participation, the group has asked to send flyers home with children. School officials have rejected the request, saying the CEF can place brochures on a community table but nothing more.

"The only people we actually send home flyers for are other government entities," district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli told the Gradebook.

Suggesting discrimination, the CEF turned to the Liberty Counsel, a legal organization that specializes in religious rights, to fight for access. If any other group may send home flyers, lawyer David Corry wrote in a letter to board members (see below), then all groups should have such access. "Equal access means equal treatment," he wrote.

The district is working on a formal response to the group. CEF Suncoast executive director Darrin Rogers said he wants fair treatment and nothing else. "If they say that's the way it is for everyone, then that's the way it is," he told the Gradebook.

District lawyers are working on a formal response to the complaint. See the full story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011 2:42pm]

    

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