Court Will Hear Graduation Appeal Next Year

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A federal appeals court will not hear the case of a Connecticut school district in time for the school board to move its graduation ceremonies back to a church building.

The Enfield School District had planned to hold graduation ceremonies for two high schools at the First Cathedral Baptist Church in Bloomfield, because of its size and affordability.

However, a lower court ruled it would amount to an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

"Enfield students and families now know for certain that their 2010 graduations will take place in an inclusive and constitutional environment," said ACLU attorney David McGuire. "The plaintiffs remain open to settlement provided that future Enfield graduations will also be held at similarly inclusive sites."

The full lawsuit should be heard before next year's graduation plans are set.

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