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Church Rental of School Facilities

Court rules that schools cannot exclude churches from renting facilities.

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Key point: A public school that allows a wide range of community groups to rent its facilities cannot deny the same privilege to churches.

• A federal district court in Nevada ruled that a public school policy that permitted a wide variety of community groups to rent school facilities, but denied the same opportunity to churches, violated the first amendment guaranty of free speech. A local church asked for permission to rent a portion of a public high school building for Sunday services. A public school official informed the church's pastor that the school facilities were not rented to churches. School board regulations and state law permitted school facilities to be rented for "public, literary, scientific, recreational, or educational meetings, or for the discussion of matters of general or public interest." Rental to religious organizations is not specifically prohibited, ...

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  • January 3, 1994

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