LEGAL TIMELINE

Chino Valley School

District Legal Timeline

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4 in the Town of Greece v. Galloway case, that local officials may open public meetings with prayers — even explicitly Christian ones — so long as the government agency does not discriminate against minority faiths when choosing who may offer a prayer and the prayer does not coerce participation from nonbelievers.

NOVEMBER 2013

Religious invocations conducted at Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) board meetings begin.

NOVEMBER 2014

A legal complaint was filed against the CVUSD by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sighting invocations and proselytizing in the complaint.

FEBRUARY 18, 2016

U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal ruled against CVUSD instructing the board to end its years-long tradition of “reciting prayers, Bible readings, and proselytizing at board meetings.” The FFRF was award legal fees over $200,000.

MARCH 7, 2016

In a 3-2 vote, the CVUSD board voted to appeal Judge Bernal’s decision. Then again, in a 3-2 vote, hired the Murrieta-based law firm Tyler & Bursch for legal representation.

APRIL 2016

Let Us Pray Foundation launched an effort to raise over $200,000 for pay the legal fees award to FFRF. Churches within the boundaries of the CVUSD united in support of religious liberty and the Constitutional right to pray in public meetings.