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Christian homeschooling parents sue California over alleged religious discrimination: ‘Glaring exception’

A group of Christian parents is suing California schools for religious discrimination after they were banned from including, and in one instance expelled for using, a faith-based curriculum in a publicly funded homeschooling program. 

According to a complaint filed by lawyers at the First Liberty law firm, a group of five parents enrolled children in tuition-free charter schools — Blue Ridge Academy in Southern California and Visions of Education in Northern California — that give the option for “independent study” curated by parents. 

The schools “tout” their commitment to “individualized and inclusive learning” through these programs, but with one “glaring exception” — faith-based learning material, a lawsuit says. The families, according to the suit, wanted to use high-quality curricula that comported with state standards but that also reflected a faith-based worldview but were denied. One family was even expelled. 

“Our clients simply want to be able to choose curricula that fits their families’ needs without facing religious discrimination,” Justin Butterfield, deputy general counsel for First Liberty said. 

 

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. 

Fox News Digital reached out to Blue Ridge Academy and Visions of Education but didn’t hear back in time for publication. 

Brianna Herlihy is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.

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