Violation 7 - Churches Meeting in Schools

Churches must abide by school rental policies, pay fees, and only use property during rental hours. 

Granting a fee waiver or discount to a church is illegal preferential treatment, forcing taxpayers to subsidize religion. Rental rates should minimally cover extra costs, including AC, heat, janitorial overtime and clean-up, etc. 

The church may not use school property during non-rental hours — including to store equipment, park a trailer, or display messages or advertising. 

The practice of churches renting public schools for worship remains divisive and controversial because of the inevitable appearance of school sanction, spurring ongoing litigation.

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