Texas Schools Will Not Use Church for Graduation

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The Dallas area church pastored by Bishop T.D. Jakes will no longer be the site of high school graduations.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the Irving School district will stop renting the megachurch in 2012 amid concerns about separation of church and state.

Jakes' The Potter's House building seats several thousand people.

The school district has used that building since 2004, but the American Civil Liberties Union has raised questions about holding graduation ceremonies in a church.

Next month's graduation ceremony will go on as planned at The Potter's House. Leasing the complex will cost the district nearly $65,000 for the venue, parking and video streaming.

School official Lane Ladewig says the district is not promoting religion.

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