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An Iowa School Tried to Cover Up How Staffers Were Organizing a Christian Event

Sep 26, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

Later tonight, there will be a “Faith on the Field” event at the Community Dreams Football Field in Colesburg, Iowa, part of the Edgewood-Colesburg Community School District. While the Facebook event page said the event is “sponsored by area churches,” the reality is that the school is very heavily involved in this Christian program.

American Atheists heard about this event from a concerned citizen and filed an open records request last week to get more information about who planned it, who’s involved in the program, etc. In theory, the only way this would be legal is if students were running the show. Teachers and administrators shouldn’t have any involvement beyond signing some paperwork and serving in a supervisory role.

In this case, what AA found was that not only were teachers involved, the superintendent was aware of the problem and worked to conceal that information.

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