New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio has signed a bill to reimburse sectarian private schools for the cost of hiring security guards. The New York City Council initially voted to pass the measure in December.
“You can imagine, in the environment we’ve been in the last few months, how much communities are concerned,” DeBlasio said. Read more
New York City may continue to ban churches from renting public school facilities after the nation’s highest court refused to hear a challenge to the practice.
The Supreme Court’s refusal to act ends a 20-year legal battle over the ban. It is typically legal for churches to meet in public schools when class is not in session, but New York City enacted a policy banning worship and other activities, such as partisan political rallies and private parties, in public schools. Read more
An anti-drug program rooted in Scientology entered at least 30 New York City public schools last year, according to DNAinfo. Even though that program, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, advertises itself as a rather innocuous “non-profit public benefit corporation,” in reality it is a church-sponsored project. Read more
Children whose parents opt them out of vaccines on religious grounds can be barred from New York City’s public schools if the child poses a threat to other pupils, a federal judge has ruled. Read more
A New York City judge has been censured for coercing her employees to participate in religious activities. Judge Mary Brigantti-Hughes had received permission to host a voluntary Bible study and prayer group during lunch hour, but an official investigation revealed that her activities didn’t end with lunch.
New York state law mandates that public school students receive sex education and instruction about HIV/AIDS. But some students in New York City can’t get that vital information in their classrooms and have to go elsewhere for it.
Why is this so? It turns out that in the Big Apple, some public schools are operating in buildings owned by the Catholic Church. And the church hierarchy won’t allow this instruction on site. Read more
There’s been a new development in the situation over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.”
Yesterday, New York Gov. David Paterson came up with an idea that he felt would be a compromise in the recent uproar over the building of an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan. Read more