Franklin (MA) School Committee Blog

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Parents appeal Lexington book ruling

Posted by Jeffrey Roy on December 5, 2007

Parents who objected to discussions of gay families in their children’s classrooms have taken their case to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. They appealed from a decision issued in February 2007 which was subject of a previous blog entry (click here to view it).

The federal Court of Appeals heard arguments on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 in a lawsuit filed by parents who sued after their son brought home a book from kindergarten that depicted different kinds of families, including a gay family. The parents say their rights to religious freedom and to control the upbringing of their children were violated by the school system.

The federal judge who dismissed the lawsuit earlier this year ruled that parents do not have the right to dictate curriculum in public schools. It is unclear when the appeals court would issue its ruling in the case, but we will post it hear when it becomes available.

The families which are suing have a website which can be viewed by clicking here. The Wikipedia entry on the case can be viewed by clicking here.

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