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Sun Prairie church's lawsuit over school rental fees settled

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal lawsuit alleging the Sun Prairie school district discriminated against a church by charging its youth group to hold meetings at a school has been settled.

The Alliance Defense Fund filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court last month on behalf of the Open Door Church of Sun Prairie. Its Awana Club had been meeting at the school for free for about two years but was told in March it would have to pay about $200 for each meeting.

A settlement filed Thursday shows the district changed its policy to remove provisions charging rental fees to religious groups. The settlement says the district will let the church hold meetings for free.

The church agreed to dismiss the lawsuit alleging a violation of free speech and equal protection rights.

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