Supreme Court Denies School Suit on Religious Texts

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the case of an Idaho school once barred from using the Bible for educational purposes.

Nampa Classical Academy is now defunct, but in 2010, the school appealed a court ruling that banned the use of religious texts as historical teaching tools.

The Alliance Defence Fund, which represented the former charter school, said they were disappointed by the Supreme Court's rejection of the case.

"When government officials ban the objective study of all religiously themed texts like the Bible, the Iliad, and the Odyssey, it does nothing but dumb-down public education," ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman said.

The founders of Nampa Classical Academy battled with state officials over the use of the Bible and other religious texts shortly after opening in August 2009.

The school filed a lawsuit later in the year, after the Idaho Public Charter School Commission adopted a policy that "expressly" limits use of religious texts.

Nampa lost that case in court in May 2010, then filed an appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which also upheld the lower court's decision.

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