Religious Influence Limited in Board Meetings
The school board members from Chino Valley Unified are no longer allowed to begin their meeting with prayer.
The act of ““reciting prayers, Bible readings and proselytizing at board meetings,” which began in November 2013, was deemed a violation of the First Amendment by U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, district residents and students are among the plaintiffs in the case who claim that “these customs and practices have the principal and primary purpose of advancing a particular religious preference and religion over nonreligion.”
Two of the board members, James Na and President Andrew Cruz are members of the Watchmen Ministry at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills.
The Concerned Parents and Citizens of CVUSD have been upset with the religious influence of the board for some time and are actively seeking to dethrone some of the members. Three seats, including Na’s and Cruz’ are up for reelection this year.
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