Memphis Public Schools Adopt 'Morality Clause' In Rentals.

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Public school officials in Shelby County, Tenn., are under scrutiny after they agreed to adopt a "morality clause" as a condition of renting buildings from the Roman Catholic diocese of Memphis. The buildings formerly housed private Catholic schools, which are slated to close later this year. They will become public charter schools operated by an entity called New Day Schools, reported the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The rental contract includes a statement reading, "Tenant shall not ... directly advocate, promote, teach or support a position considered gravely immoral by the Roman Catholic Church at the Premises as determined by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis." The contract goes on to say that if the charter school violates the restriction, the church "shall have the right to notify Tenant...

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