By Jennifer Pignolet
A national group that advocates for the separation of church and state in schools is threatening legal action over a morality clause in a lease agreement between a group of Memphis charter schools and the Catholic Church.
The clause, agreed to by charter schools operating on Catholic Church property, would prohibit any teachings that the church sees as “gravely immoral,” raising concerns of constitutionality and possible oversight of a public school by a religious organization.
Compass Community Schools issued its first public response Friday over the lease agreements, which were also released Friday through a records request.
“We sincerely care about the questions raised regarding our lease, and our leadership team is currently engaged in dialogue about this matter,” the statement from board chairman John Smarrelli said.
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