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Why Kennedy v. Bremerton School District was Not the Case that Some Judges Thought It Was
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It’s no secret that the current majority on the United States Supreme Court is focused on expanding certain religious liberties.
In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, the Court significantly expanded religious freedoms in the First Amendment context when it held that a school district could not discipline a football coach for publicly engaging in prayer on the football field immediately after games. The Court’s opinion rejected decades’ worth of cases that had attempted to balance the competing rights secured by the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause, and also demonstrated the majority’s willingness to cherry-pick the facts of a case when analyzing religious freedoms.
Schools and universities have struggled over the last several years with the question of whether students have a protected right to use gender-based pronouns with which they identify, but which differ from the pronouns associated with their birth gender. A subsequent, and sometimes more difficult question, is assuming that students do, can schools require teachers and other employees to refer to students by those gender-identity pronouns, particularly when the employee claims that acknowledging a student’s “change” in gender conflicts with the employee’s religious beliefs? Can a school fire a teacher who insists on using the old pronouns?
Can a school district cease patronizing a company providing historical reenactments and other events for students because the company’s principal shareholder had posted controversial tweets that led to parental complaints?
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Ensuring the safety and security of students and staff is a priority at every school. However, school officials cannot forget
School nurses serve a vital role in supporting the health and well-being of thousands of children each day in the