Saturday, November 15, 2008

Indiana School's Released Time Program Challenged In Court

The Ft. Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette reported yesterday on a federal lawsuit filed by the Indiana ACLU challenging a Huntington Indiana elementary school's "released time" program. The suit brought on behalf of parents of an 8-year old argues that the school district has violated the Establishment Clause by supporting the voluntary religious instruction program that is offered during school hours in church-owned mobile trailers parked in Horace Mann Elementary School's parking lot. The trailers use the school's electricity, students are escorted to the trailers by their teachers, and students who elect not to participate go to their school classroom but receive no alternative programming.