Hudsonville Public Schools, which is about 10 minutes from where I live, has a serious problem with teachers and administrators who break the law when it comes to church/state separation. They were just forced to deal with one teacher who was holding a Bible study with students in the middle of the school day, now they have another problem:
For the second time this month, Hudsonville Public Schools is investigating allegations a teacher is holding Bible talks with students, after complaints from a civil rights group.Last week, the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA) contacted the district after parents at Baldwin Street Middle School raised concerns about sixth-grade teacher Jeffrey Henderson. He allegedly has Bible study in class prior to school and engages in faith discussions during the school hour.
On Nov. 6, the district terminated faith-based discussions a fifth-grade Alward Elementary teacher was having with students during lunchtime, after MACRA complained about the violation of the U.S. Constitution.
MACRA is run by Mitch Kahle and Holly Huber, who won a big lawsuit in Hawaii over church/state problems in schools there many years ago. They now live here locally and have been very active in ferreting out situations like this. But the problems in Hudsonville go back longer than that. They always seem to be trying to find a way to get around the law because teachers and school administrators there evidently think they’re running a church rather than a school.