Iowa ACLU Questions School's Use Of Church Space

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa has concerns about plans for some West Des Moines school district students to attend classes in a church.

The Des Moines Register says windows are being replaced at Hillside Elementary School, so the district will use rooms at the Lutheran Church of Hope for the first eight to 10 weeks of the school year.

Ben Stone is executive director of the ACLU chapter, and he says school and church officials must ensure that students do not receive religious instruction or pressure.

School district spokeswoman Elaine Watkins-Miller says the need for separation of church and state has been clearly communicated to the church. Students will use the church's classrooms, gym, cafeteria area and art and music rooms but not the sanctuary.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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