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Christianity no longer required for McBain school chief

Associated Press

McBain — A northern Michigan public school district says it’s no longer asking that its next superintendent be a Christian.

The American Civil Liberties Union wrote Tuesday to officials of the McBain Rural Agricultural School, challenging the religious criteria included in its job posting for a new superintendent.

The online job posting listed “a strong Christian background and philosophy” among criteria for a new leader of the northern Lower Peninsula district.

ACLU lawyer Dan Korobkin’s letter says religious tolerance is “fundamental to American public education” and says the posting likely violates “numerous federal and state laws.”

Michigan Leadership Institute regional President Scott Crosby is coordinating the district’s job search. He tells The Associated Press he mistakenly included the Christian criteria and says it’s being removed from the posting.