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TCSC STATEMENT: Compass Community Schools Morality Clause

MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- The following statement is issued by the Tennessee Charter School Center, in response to the US Dept. of Education finding no conflict in Compass Community Schools' lease. 

Public charter schools serve a diverse community that includes various beliefs & experiences. We find it imperative to uphold the Establishment Clause in public schools so that all students feel safe and so that curricula and operational decisions are made by the school leadership and the families they serve, not by any particular religious group.

For the hundreds of families awaiting a decision on whether or not the leases will be approved, we hope that Shelby Country Schools, Compass Community Schools and the Tennessee Department of Education get the parameters of the potential charter school lease worked out as soon as possible.