COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a fired public school science teacher who kept a Bible on his desk and was accused of preaching religious beliefs in class.
The Mount Vernon School Board dismissed John Freshwater last year after investigators reported that he preached Christian beliefs in class when discussing topics such as evolution and homosexuality, and was insubordinate in failing to remove the Bible from his classroom.
Two lower courts previously upheld his dismissal. But the Ohio Supreme Court said Freshwater can argue that it's unconstitutional to fire someone without clear guidance on what teaching materials or methods are acceptable.
He also can argue that it's unconstitutional to fire someone over the mere presence of a religious text like the Bible in the classroom.
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