K.A. v. Pocono Mountain School District
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Description: A Pennsylvania school district prevented a 5th-grade student from distributing invitations to a Christmas party at her church.
Policies at nearly 300 Pa. school districts conflict with court ruling
Alliance Defending Freedom asks officials to bring policies in line with 3rd Circuit decision
The ruling, which came in an Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit filed on behalf of a student in northeastern Pennsylvania, found two Pocono Mountain School District policies unconstitutional after they were used to prevent a 5th-grade student from distributing invitations to a Christmas party at her church.
“Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” said Legal Counsel Matt Sharp. “The speech and literature distribution policies of many school districts in Pennsylvania are virtually identical to the one the 3rd Circuit struck down. These policies violate the First Amendment right of students to distribute religious materials at school.”
- Pronunciation guide: Tedesco (Tuh-DESS’-koh)
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Previous news releases:
- 2013-03-12: Party on: Pa. 5th-grader free to invite schoolmates to church event
- 2012-10-23: How will 3rd Circuit rule on Christmas party invitations at school?
- 2011-10-21: Court: Pa. elementary school must allow student to distribute religious fliers for Christmas parties
- 2011-03-07: Pa. elementary school: Invitations to children’s party OK…unless held at a church
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