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Former Nampa Charter School Continues Court Appeal

Officials from a former charter school in Nampa are asking a full panel of federal appeals court judges to reconsider an earlier ruling that dismissed the school’s lawsuit against Idaho.

Last month, a three judge panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision tossing out a 2009 civil lawsuit filed by the Nampa Classical Academy.

The school was shut down by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission last year amid financial troubles.

But founders of the school also tussled with state officials over use of the Bible and other religious texts shortly after opening its doors in August 2009.

The lawsuit challenges the commission’s ban on the use of texts deemed religious even if they are taught for their literary or historical value.

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