Michigan Supreme Court looks at decisions at Catholic school

(AP) Can Michigan courts intervene in some decisions at religious schools?

The state Supreme Court is hearing arguments Thursday in a case that looks at the broad shield given to churches and faith-based schools under the First Amendment. The case raises questions about whether a dyslexic student claiming discrimination can overcome that legal threshold.

“It’s very significant, particularly for persons with disabilities,” said Chris Davis, a lawyer with Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, part of a national network of disability-rights agencies.

The parents of a girl who was rejected by Notre Dame Preparatory School in Pontiac allege she was illegally turned down in 2014 because of a learning disability.

The Roman Catholic school denies any discrimination and insists the girl was rejected for 9th grade because of low grades at Notre Dame’s Marist Academy. The school said the decision was made long before she was diagnosed with dyslexia and attention-deficit disorder. [More]