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Charges for Use of School Facilities

Court rules that a school cannot charge churches more than other groups for the use of its facilities.

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Key point: A public school that permits any community group to rent its facilities cannot charge churches a higher rental fee in order to encourage them to build their own facilities.

• A federal district court in Virginia ruled that a public school policy of charging churches more rent than other community groups for the use of school facilities violated the constitutional guaranty of free speech. A public school board allowed virtually any community group to rent school facilities. As many as 9,000 community groups and individuals rent some 180 school facilities each year. The school board adopted a policy that treats churches differently from any other group. For the first five years, churches pay the same rent as any other nonprofit organization. In the sixth year, they pay twice the nonprofit rate. In the seventh year they pay three times the nonprofit rate. In the eighth ...

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  • January 3, 1994

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