Washington, DC

AU received complaints that the headmaster of the Washington Latin School — a public charter school — repeatedly made religious comments at his morning meetings with students, led students in prayer at convocations, and invited members of the clergy to deliver prayers at graduation ceremonies. AU wrote a letter to the school and the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, warning that the headmaster’s conduct violated the Establishment Clause and asking that the school refrain from presenting prayers at any school events or activities and that the headmaster cease making religious remarks to students. According to AU’s complainants, the religious remarks and prayers stopped after AU sent its letter. The school’s headmaster also announced two months later that he planned to resign at the end of the 2007-08 academic year.