Christian Student Wins Settlement
November 21, 2023 | Illinois
A former student at a public high school in Chicago was awarded $150,000 in a settlement last month after she sued over a Transcendental Meditation program that she alleged violated her constitutional rights.
Mariyah Green, 21, sued the Chicago Board of Education in February over a Quiet Time program that was implemented in some urban public schools with the help of the University of Chicago and the David Lynch Foundation, which were also named in the lawsuit.
The Chicago Board of Education and the David Lynch Foundation will each pay $75,000, according to the judgment issued in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Oct. 23, her lawyers announced last week.
Green, a Christian, told The Christian Post that she had transferred from a charter school to Bogan Public High School during the 2018-2019 school year to play basketball and volleyball.
Before long, she said she found herself expected to participate in the Quiet Time program that implemented Transcendental Meditation and other practices that she believed violated her faith. (Excerpt from The Christian Post.)