While bargain hunters descended on the remains of what used to one of the biggest charter schools in Idaho, buying desks and textbooks at auction, attorneys prepared for battle in a case that defined Nampa Classical Academy’s short existence.

The founders of the charter school tangled with Idaho officials over the use of the Bible and other religious texts shortly after opening in August 2009. The argument would continue even after the Idaho Public Charter School Commission closed the academy over troubled finances this summer.

The academy is now challenging the dismissal of a federal lawsuit against Idaho officials who barred the Bible and other religious texts as a teaching tool in history and literature courses.

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