ERIC Number: EJ919593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Reference Count: 6
Christian Legal Society v. Martinez: Regulating the Use of School Facilities
Russo, Charles D.; Thro, William E.
School Business Affairs, v77 n3 p30-32 Mar 2011
In what may come to rank as one of its most significant cases on religious freedom, "Christian Legal Society v. Martinez" (2010), the Supreme Court affirmed an order of the Ninth Circuit upholding a policy at a public law school in California that required recognized student clubs to admit "all comers" even if they disagreed with organizational goals. However, since it was unclear whether university officials selectively applied the policy to the Christian Legal Society (CLS), the Court remanded the dispute for further consideration of this question. The fact that "CLS" originated in the world of higher education notwithstanding, it raises far-reaching questions for school business officials and other education leaders in K-12 settings about access to facilities, as well as the rules governing clubs seeking to meet on campuses. As such, this column provides an overview of the Supreme Court's lengthy opinions before reflecting on potential ramifications for public schools.
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Court Litigation, Law Schools, Clubs, Religious Organizations, Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education
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