Church's lawsuit over school rental fees settled

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin church's religious discrimination suit against the Sun Prairie school district has been settled.

The Alliance Defense Fund filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the Open Door Church of Sun Prairie. Its Awana Club youth group had
been meeting at the school for free for about two years but was
told in March it would have to pay about $200 for each meeting.

A settlement filed Thursday shows the district changed its policy to remove provisions charging rental fees to religious groups. The settlement says the district will let the church hold meetings for free.

The church agreed to dismiss the lawsuit alleging violations of
its constitutional rights.

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