Thursday, January 14, 2010

9th Circuit Uphold's UC's Rejection of Certain Christian School Courses

In Association of Christian Schools International v. Stearns, (9th Cir., Jan. 12, 2010), the 9th Circuit rejected constitutional challenges to the University of California's admissions policy that refuses to accept certain high school courses offered by Christian schools to qualify students for admission to UC. Rejecting both facial and as-applied challenges, the Court said the policy does not prevent high schools from teaching whatever and however they choose. It rejected the argument that UC's refusal to recognize religion and ethics courses that are limited to one denomination's viewpoint amounts to discrimination. The court also rejected establishment clause and equal protection challenges to UC's policy. (See prior related postings 1, 2 .)