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The Fairfax County public school system has reached an agreement with a Christian student and his family and will allow religious groups to distribute fliers to students.
Previously, the district allowed only nonprofit, nonreligious organizations to post meeting notices on school bulletin boards or hand out fliers to students. But the School Board voted unanimously last week to change that policy.
School officials said they had little choice after studying several recent federal court decisions that said school districts must give the same treatment to all nonprofit groups, religious or secular.
The board's action is having a ripple effect in surrounding districts. School officials in Prince William County, Arlington County and Alexandria said they are likely to reexamine their policies in light of Fairfax's decision. Wayde B. Byard, spokesman for Loudoun County schools, said Christian clubs...