Prayer ban­ner at school taken down af­ter judge’s rul­ing

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CRANSTON | Of­fi­cials at a Rhode Is­land public high school have taken down a prayer ban­ner that a fed­eral judge or­dered re­moved.

The state af­fil­i­ate of the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union, which sued over the ban­ner’s con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity, says the dis­play at Cranston West High School has been per­ma­nently re­moved.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Steven Brown says the ACLU has agreed to al­low more time to set­tle the is­sue of le­gal fees. ACLU lawyers who sued on be­half of 16-year-old Jes­sica Ah­lquist have asked the court to or­der the city to pay $173,000. The city has un­til March 19 to lay out its op­po­si­tion.

Cranston schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Peter Nero tells the Prov­i­dence Jour­nal that the ban­ner is be­ing stored in an undis­closed lo­ca­tion.

The school com­mit­tee voted last month not to ap­peal the judge’s rul­ing.

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