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Christians On Equal Footing for Employment at Ferndale Schools

A state representative wants answers about why a clause giving employment to non-Christians was ever part of Ferndale Schools' employment policy.

Since the 1970s, Ferndale schools have given employment preference to non-Christians as a matter of policy. That has changed, and state Rep. Tim Kelly wants to know why. (Patch file photo)
Since the 1970s, Ferndale schools have given employment preference to non-Christians as a matter of policy. That has changed, and state Rep. Tim Kelly wants to know why. (Patch file photo)

Christians, go ahead and apply for employment with Ferndale Public Schools. A clause giving employment preference to people “of the non-Christian faith” has been stricken.

Teachers at Ferndale Public Schools don’t have to be non-Christians – a standard that has existed, at least informally, since the 1970s.

Ferndale Public Schools, backed by the teachers union acted quickly to strike the clause when contacted earlier this week by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan nonpartisan research and educational institute, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The clause in question gave  employment preference to people “of the non-Christian faith.”

Ferndale Public Schools spokeswoman Shelley Rose said the language apparently made it into an earlier contract in the 1970s for reasons she can’t explain. The language was stricken in the contract recently negotiated with the Ferndale Education Association, Rose said.

State Rep Tim Kelly, a Saginaw Township Republican, said he’s glad the language has been stricken, but he has asked the state Board of Education to investigate why it was there in the first place.


Dale Murrish March 20, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Good link, Luther's Fan. I may use it in a future blog post. Easier than reinventing the wheel. K. Scott boycotts GM products because I work there and support religious freedom. (Well, to be more accurate, because I've written articles like the one off-topic one I'll post a link to.) He continually misrepresents my views on religion, as do many others. But I guess you're used to it too! Thanks for sharing.
Dale Murrish March 20, 2014 at 09:25 PM
You may find this interesting LF: http://troy.patch.com/groups/dale-murrishs-blog/p/creation--evolution-debate_df97d72b
beasleytwigs March 21, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Was this language in the contract with teachers??? If not where was it written.
Julie Vruggink March 21, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Sadly it appears as some levels of discrimination will remain. This is wrong at every level.
michael.a.travis March 21, 2014 at 01:01 PM
I attended Ferndale Schools K-12 (1979 grad) and had many excellent (and a few poor) teachers, both Christian and Jewish. At Wilson Elementary, 4 of my 7 teachers there were Jewish. I remember thinking (as a 2nd grader) that teachers always had different holidays in October than we students did! (I too would like to know why that clause would be in a school employment contract.)

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