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Fairfax County Changes ‘Faith-based Policy’

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OneNewsNow — Virginia high school student has won her fight to receive National Honor Society credit for teaching and mentoring children at her church instead of at a non-religious organization (see earlier story).

After Alliance Defense Fund filed suit on the Thomas Jefferson High School student’s behalf, the Fairfax County School Board revised its policy that initially prevented the 17-year-old honor student from receiving credit for her 45 hours of service work she performed by teaching and mentoring children at her church.

“Even if she’d been doing the same types of activities at a Boys and Girls Club, or a scouting organization or something like that, she would’ve received credit under the old policy,” explains litigation staff counsel Matt Sharp. “But because she chose to do that work at a church, she was originally denied any credit and ultimately put on probation with the National Honor Society.”

The former “Faith-Based Service Policy” was put in place by the local district, but the National Honor Society reportedly disagrees with such practices.

“They found that community service performed at religious organizations, such as teaching a Sunday school, was actually a great opportunity for students to model leadership in the planning and all of that and found that it can be the perfect example of a service opportunity,” Sharp reports.

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