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Florida Protects Religious Freedom in Public Schools

New state law protects students’ expressions of faith and prohibits religious discrimination against students and school employees. August 3, 2017

Supporters of religious liberty can claim another major victory in Florida with the state’s new law that protects religious freedom in public schools. The “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act” (SB 436), signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, went into effect July 1, 2017. Florida Governor Rick

Walt Tutka—Substitute Teacher Fired for Giving Bible—Reinstated to Job

Walt Tutka reinstated to job despite opposition of Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Bible incident May 12, 2017

Effective this week, Walt Tutka was reinstated as a substitute teacher in New Jersey’s Phillipsburg School District. This comes from a settlement with the district after a long legal battle involving Tutka giving a Bible to a student who requested one. Tutka was fired by the school district in 2013

10 Facts Every Student Must Know about Religious Rights in School

August 7, 2015

Before students order their books and fill their backpacks, they need to think about preparing their most valuable back-to-school tool yet:  knowledge of their religious liberty rights. The number of religious liberty attacks increases each year, and yet, many students don’t know that there’s anything they can do about it. So before students

3 REASONS FOR VICTORY! School Apologizes for Violating Sixth-Grader’s Religious Liberty Rights

May 29, 2015

First Liberty Institute thanks Somerset Academy for upholding the constitutional right of students to express their faith in class assignments   In its apology letter, Somerset Academy states it will allow 12-year-old Mackenzie Fraiser to resubmit her original presentation, inclusive of her religious beliefs.   Last week, Somerset Academy officials

School Officials BAN Sixth-Grade Student the Right to Use Bible Verse in Class Assignment

May 21, 2015

First Liberty Institute sends demand letter to Somerset Academy seeking apology and restoration of 12-year-old client’s constitutional right to freely express her faith in school assignments School officials told sixth-grader Mackenzie Fraiser she can’t use a Bible verse in her school project. This week, First Liberty Institute sent a demand