by Erin Jester
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked the Levy County School Board to investigate several potential violations of the Constitutional establishment clause regarding church and state.
In a letter dated June 3, Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Andrew Seidel listed seven violations, based on complaints from families within the school district, along with documentation of the violations and suggestions for how to remedy them.
“They have a lot of work to do,” Seidel said. “It does appear to be a pretty extensive and severe set of problems.”
Seidel said the foundation first received complaints against Levy County schools in mid-April, and after about a month of research, found seven issues that violate church-state separation:
Levy County School Board meetings begin with an invocation, or prayer, delivered by the superintendent or a school board member, which “generally invokes Jesus,” according to the letter.
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