Charter School Unwittingly Raises Money for Religious Charity, Revises Procedures to Ensure it Will Not Happen Again - Columbus, OH

A charter school held a fundraiser for a religious organization and actively urged and incentivized students to give money. AU wrote to the school and to the Ohio Department of Education to explain that it is unconstitutional for a public school to raise money for organizations that will use those funds to engage in religious activity. The school responded that it had been unaware that the selected charity was religious, that it understood that public schools cannot raise money for religious activity, and that it would revise its procedures for vetting charities for future fundraisers.