4th Circuit Rules Rowan County Prayer Practice Unconstitutional
On July 14, 2017, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 10-5 in favor of the plaintiffs in Nancy Lund, et al. v. Rowan County, North Carolina
, establishing that the county’s practice of having elected lawmakers lead Christian prayer at the start of its Board of Commissioners meetings “runs afoul of the Establishment Clause.”
Local Teachers Presented with Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year Awards
At a ceremony on May 18, 2017, Mr. Michael Thompson, an English teacher at Spotswood High School in Rockingham County, and Ms. Koren Ann Dellinger, a 4th grade teacher at Spotswood Elementary School in Harrisonburg City received the 2017 Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year Awards.
Federal Judge Decides Due Process Violation Case against JMU
On Tuesday, April 25, Federal Judge Elizabeth Dillon issued a Final Order and Judgment in favor of Plaintiff, an anonymous former JMU student John Doe, finding that JMU violated Doe’s Constitutional right to due process in its investigation of a sexual misconduct charge brought against him by a fellow student.