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Federal court rules Ky. religious schools can hold in-person classes

Goes against Gov. Beshear’s executive order
A federal court ruled Wednesday that a private Christian school in Kentucky can hold in-person...
A federal court ruled Wednesday that a private Christian school in Kentucky can hold in-person classes.(WRDW)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 9:18 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) – A federal court ruled Wednesday that religious schools in Kentucky can hold in-person classes.

That preliminary injunction went against Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order banning in-person learning at religious schools, according to a release from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office.

The case involved Danville Christian Academy in central Kentucky. According to the release from the attorney general, more than a dozen religious schools and more than 1,000 parents supported the lawsuit.

Earlier this week, Cameron’s team argued that Beshear’s order violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They also argued that religious school following health guidelines regarding COVID-19 should be allowed to stay open.

Cameron issued this statement, in part, following the ruling:

“On the day before Thanksgiving, I am incredibly thankful for the timeless and enduring protections enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. More than 200 years ago, our founders answered the question presented to the court in this case by protecting the free exercise of religion, and today, the court firmly upheld that guarantee by recognizing that Kentuckians have a right to worship and express their faith through a religious education. The court prohibited the Governor from enforcing his executive order and unequivocally stated that the Commonwealth’s religious schools can resume in-person learning.”

Tap here to see a copy of the ruling.

Public schools in Kentucky can not return to in-person learning until Jan. 4. Elementary schools are permitted to reopen Dec. 7 if their county is not in a red zone.

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