Stone v. Graham (1980)
The US Supreme Court decided that a Kentucky law requiring the posting of the Ten Commandments in each classroom in the state was unconstitutional since it was plainly religious and had no secular purpose.   The court stated, "This is not a case in which the Ten Commandments are integrated into the school curriculum, where the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like.  Posting of religious texts on the wall serves no such educational function."

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In 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that a Boyd County High School senior should not be allowed to pursue a lawsuit against a school policy requiring students to undergo anti-harassment training. The student had claimed that the policy was a threat to his Christian beliefs and opposition to homosexuality. It was adopted as part of an earlier legal settlement with a Gay Straight Alliance that sought recognition as an extracurricular group.

(The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has jurisdiction in Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan as well as Kentucky).


The ACLU in 2008 brought a lawsuit against Breckenridge County School District and the US Department of Education, arguing that sex-segregated classrooms deny boys and girls equal educational opportunities. The lawsuit claims the US Department of Education has violated the Constitution and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act by issuing regulations encouraging districts to segregate students by sex. The segregated classes at Breckenridge County Middle School use different textbooks and cover academic material at different rates, and students were assigned to them without input from their parents. The five families that are plaintiffs in the suit say that single sex classrooms deprive their children of the chance to socialize, compete and work together with members of the opposite sex.