|Trial date set for September
in public Waldorf methods schools' case
The lawsuit filed in 1998 by PLANS (People for
Legal and Non-Sectarian Schools) against two California public school districts
operating Waldorf-method schools is still pending, with a bench (non-jury)
trial scheduled for September 12, 2005. The estimated length of the trial
is sixteen days. Pursuant to a pretrial conference held on February 11,
2005, the Court on April
20 issued an order outlining the trial issues and the evidentiary and
procedural guidelines for trial.
Recent motions filed by the school district Defendants
resulted in the exclusion of eleven of PLANS’ witnesses for failure to
make timely disclosure to Defendants and 101 of PLANS’ exhibits as a result
of discovery sanctions.
The Court will conduct a bifurcated trial, first
addressing the issue of whether anthroposophy is a religion. The Anthroposophical
Society in America submitted an amicus brief on this issue which was accepted
by the Court in July of 2004. The legal brief is available at www.anthroposophy.org/NewsEvents.
If the Court determines at trial that anthroposophy
is a religion, it will proceed to issues related to whether the Waldorf
inspired methodology employed by the concerned schools advances and promotes
anthroposophy and results in an excessive entanglement with anthroposophy.
The school districts may call Dr. Douglas Sloan
as an expert witness on this issue. PLANS has no expert witness.
Attorney at Law,
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