Brandl, et al. v. West Shore School District

Case Number: 1:23-cv-00368-CCC M.D. Pa.


The West Shore School District’s Social Emotion Learning curriculum teaches children “virtues and values” that go against the beliefs of Christian parents in the school district. The parents requested that their children be excused from this SEL curriculum as it does not reflect the values, morals, and beliefs in the parent’s religion. After initially accepting the religious exemption, the school district reversed its course and informed the parents that they would not honor the right to have children excused from the SEL curriculum.


AFL sued the West Shore School District in order to protect parental rights to decide what is being taught to children in public schools.


This case is currently being litigated in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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