Edgewood HS sues City of Madison over 'religious discrimination'

Published: Aug. 21, 2019 at 5:16 PM CDT
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Edgewood High School is suing the City of Madison in federal court, alleging “religious discrimination,” according to court documents Wednesday.

Because of the suit, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has withdrawn her sponsorship of an ordinance repealing Edgewood's plan to remodel their athletics field, according to a release from the city.

According to court documents, the lawsuit alleges the city is not allowing Edgewood to expand their football stadium in the same way other institutions have done.

more seating and larger lights for night games, which isn't sitting well with neighbors.

The city's zoning board states Edgewood will only use their field for practices and classes, and not games. Last month, the board denied an appeal on that decision, filed by Edgewood.

That means if the school wants to host games at their stadium, they'd need to repeal their Master Plan altogether.

According to a statement from Edgewood High School released Thursday:

According to Mayor Rhodes-Conway:


Michael May, attorney for the City of Madison, sent NBC15 a statement saying in part he doesn't believe any religious rights were violated in the city's decision, and he's disappointed that Edgewood chose to sue the city.

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