Dear YES! Families:
Victory, at last…. Again!! Today the Court of Appeal released its opinion in Sedlock v. Baird. As expected, the opinion fully affirms the 2013 trial court ruling in favor of YES! and EUSD. Simply put, the court confirmed that the EUSD yoga program is not religious and does not violate the Constitution.
The full Court ruling is available here.
Coast Law Group continues to represent YES! on a pro bono basis. Lead trial attorney Dave Peck commented “This ruling is exactly what we expected. The EUSD yoga program has never been religious. Those who claim otherwise have a warped perspective and their own religious agenda. 99% of the community loves the program and students, teachers, parents and administrators consistently rave about it. I’m pleased the Court again got it right and hope this is the end of the controversy.”
While the yoga opponents will have an opportunity to petition the California Supreme Court for a review of today’s decision, two strong rulings in our favor make further judicial review unlikely.
We hope you and your families are enjoying spring break – your students’ yoga program will be waiting when they return to school.
Thank you, as always, for your warm wishes and continual support. Coast Law Group has been honored to represent you in this fight.
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Here’s a favorite post from California Appellate Report on the ruling: “I can think of a plethora of religiously-backed — but presently “secular” — parts of public schools that have a much deeper connection with religion than the challenged yoga program here.”
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U-T San Diego: Appeals court upholds school yoga
A brief excerpt summarizing the 37-page ruling is below: