Mukwonago among school districts reconsidering graduation sites after court ruling
MUKWONAGO Mukwonago Area School District , the Elmbrook School District and Waukesha Technical College are reviewing future graduation sites after a court ruled this week against two schools that held the ceremonies in churches, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story.
Graduation ceremonies held at Elmbrook Church by two high schools in the Elmbrook School District were ruled unconstitutional Monday by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mukwonago Area School District still holds its graduation ceremony at Elmbrook Church. The facility was chosen because it was larger, more comfortable and had a better sound system than its own school gym, said Mukwonago Superintendent Paul Strobel.
Strobel described the court decision as unfortunate and surprising, but said the district would read the entire ruling before making a decision about the future.
Marquette University Law School professor Scott Idleman said the ruling doesn’t stop school from holding graduation ceremonies in a church. The court did deem the two ceremonies unconstitutional because of circumstances in the settings: an uncovered cross and religious literature on display, he said.
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