A Kendall County Judge on Wednesday ordered the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to temporarily reinstate Parkview Christian Academy's state recognition. The school had requested an emergency order to that effect while the issue works its way through the court system.
Judge Stephen Krentz ruled that nonpublic schools like Parkview are being held to a different standard than public schools in that public schools have more due process before their state recognition is revoked.
Attorney Andrew Sarros, who was representing ISBE, argued that the agency had the authority to revoke Parkview's recognition because of emergency powers granted by the governor to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
Attorney for Parkview Carlo Colosimo argued that the matter at hand is about the process of the school's status revocation, not masks.
Parkview Board of Education President Jed Davis addressed a large crowd of supporters outside the courthouse after the hearing. He says Parkview's lawsuit is about government overreach.
ISBE had revoked Parkview's recognition in a letter last month over the school's decision not to require masks for students and staff.
The ruling on Wednesday means that Parkview will again be able to participate in Illinois High School Association Sports and seniors will able to use the school in college applications. The order is temporary while the case continues to make its way through the court system.
The next hearing is set for Thursday, October 7 at one in the afternoon at the Kendall County Courthouse.
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