Tentative Agreement Reached In Jesus Portrait Lawsuit

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A tentative settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit challenging a display of a portrait of Jesus that had been in a southern Ohio school for decades.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a U.S. district judge ordered the two sides to submit the settlement within 90 days. No details were disclosed.

American Civil Liberties Union spokesman Nick Worner says the group is pleased there is a tentative agreement. He says its primary concern is that the portrait comes down and stays down. An attorney for Jackson City Schools declined comment pending completion of the settlement.

The school had taken the portrait down in April, but court filings say it returned on the school lawn for a prayer meeting, and was also visible to those entering an art-storage area.