Supreme Court to hear historic telephonic argument over religious schools’ right to select religion teachers Catholic schools’ important church-state case to be argued on May 11
Ryan Colby 202-349-7219 email@example.com
WASHINGTON – Two California Catholic elementary schools will be at the Supreme Court Monday, defending their right to pick religion teachers without interference from the government. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James Catholic School v. Biel, two fifth-grade teachers are suing their former employers after their annual contracts were not renewed. As fifth-grade teachers in Catholic elementary schools, Ms. Morrissey-Berru and Ms. Biel were both primary teachers of the Catholic faith for their students. After concerns about the effectiveness of their teaching, observations of poor classroom management, and an unwillingness by the teachers to improve, both schools chose not to give the teachers new one-year contracts because they were not effectively carrying out the schools’ religious and educational mission. Becket argues that the government has no place interfering with the internal decisions of religious organizations about who best teaches the faith to the next generation.
For the first time in Supreme Court history, the Court has decided to hear a handful of the previously postponed cases telephonically in the interest of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Our Lady and St. James cases on Monday, May 11. The consolidated cases will be heard beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT.
Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket
Monday, May 11, 2020, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Becket will host a press call at 1:45 p.m. EDT.
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