December 30, 2013
After charging Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) a facility-use fee while other clubs met for free, Turlock Unified School District has reversed its decision and refunded the improperly assessed fees.
Liberty Counsel reviewed the school district’s policies and found no justification for the disparate treatment. The total amount improperly assessed equaled $5,295, with security deposits already paid equaling $1,200. While these amounts are significant to nearly anyone, they are particularly so to a non-profit organization with a focus on children.
After Liberty Counsel sent a letter requesting equal treatment, the District refunded all improperly assessed fees and suspended billing. Imposing a financial barrier based on the religious viewpoint violates the right to free speech and hurts children.
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