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She wants millions from DOE



A North Florida woman who says the state Department of Education discriminated against her because she's a Christian would get $2.7-million in relief from the state under a bill filed by Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge.

Posey filed the bill (SB 44) on behalf of Karen "Kay" Stripling, an evangelical Christian who alleged in a lawsuit in June that she and her company, Read & Lead, were targeted by DOE officials in 2003 and 2004 during a "witch hunt" of faith-based providers that led to an FBI investigation and threats of a federal indictment. According to the bill language, DOE offered to pay Stripling $163,000.

Posey’s bill was referred to the Senate Rules Committee in September. Stripling’s lawsuit was served Oct. 23. An FBI spokesman said previously that issues raised by Stripling’s suit are now subject of a wider investigation, and on Monday night that the investigation is ongoing.

--Ron Matus, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:25am]


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