District Court Upholds Decision of Idaho Public Schools to Ban the Use of Religious Documents in the Curriculum

June 7, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: National School Boards Association


The U.S. District Court of Idaho has ruled that the Idaho Public Charter School Commission (“the Commission”) did not violate the Constitutional rights of a charter school teacher and student by banning the use of religious documents and texts in the public school curriculum.  After being informed by a Deputy in the Attorney General’s Office that using religious documents in the curriculum would violate the Idaho Constitution, the Commission advised the Nampa Classical Academy (NCA) that it would be issued a Notice of Defect if it continued to use religious texts in its classrooms.  The NCA is a public charter school.  Is curriculum is structured in a “classical, liberal arts format, and focuses its study not on textbooks but rather on primary source s as a method of educating its students.”    The school uses both secular and religious primary source documents, including the Bible, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, and the Hadieth.