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Hermiston Christian School v. Brown

Oregon governor’s changing COVID-19 rules prompts lawsuit from religious school

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Hermiston Christian School, a private, religious K-12 Oregon school, filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gov. Katherine Brown to challenge her COVID-19 order threatening private schools with 30 days jail time and $1,250 fines for reopening in-person instruction, despite allowing public schools of identical size in the same county permission to resume in-person classes.

The school withdrew its lawsuit because Brown eliminated special exceptions that existed for public schools and is now allowing Christian schools like Hermiston to safely open for in-person instruction.

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Ryan Tucker
Ryan Tucker
Senior Counsel, Director of the Center for Christian Ministries
Ryan Tucker serves as senior counsel and director of the Center for Christian Ministries with Alliance Defending Freedom.
David A. Cortman
David A. Cortman
Senior Counsel, Vice President of U.S. Litigation
David A. Cortman serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom.