TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 9, 2019
After a charter school organization and the Catholic Diocese of Memphis entered into a leasing agreement with a “morality clause,” the Shelby County School District’s general counsel has weighed in, saying the agreement has the “potential to be problematic” but that state law limits how the district can intervene. The Commercial Appeal reports that the six schools in question are currently open as private Catholic schools, but will close and reopen this year as public charter schools. The lease agreements contain a clause that requires the schools not teach or promote any position that would be considered "gravely immoral" to the church, at the discretion of the Memphis bishop.