Jefferson County appeals court ruling

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An attorney for the Jefferson County school system has filed an appeal of a federal judge's ruling on outsourcing its alternative school instruction to a Christian organization.

Lawyer Jonathan Taylor told the Knoxville News Sentinel he doesn't believe the evidence presented in the case shows a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Phillips in Knoxville said holding the classes at Kingswood School in Bean Station produced the appearance of governmental endorsement of the Christian faith.

The cash-strapped county school system turned to Kingswood in 2003 to save money. Two other counties later followed suit.

The Jefferson County school superintendent at the time was Doug Moody, who is now the administrator at Kingswood.

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