Washington Elementary School District No. 6 (WESD) in Glendale terminated the contract of
Arizona Christian University (ACU) to provide student teachers last month, despite an ongoing teacher shortage, citing the religious tenets of the university as the reason. In response, The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of the ACU, demanding multiple types of damages, including punitive. The suit alleges a violation of the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment.