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A federal appeals court ruled that a New York law allowing "released time" from public schools for religious instruction did not violate the first amendment's nonestablishment of religion clause.

Key point. "Released time" programs that permit public school students to be released from classes to attend religious instruction at a church or other place of worship do not violate the first amendment's nonestablishment of religion clause so long as no expenditure of tax revenue is involved.

* A federal appeals court ruled that a New York law allowing "released time" from public schools for religious instruction was not implemented in such a way as to violate the first amendment's nonestablishment of religion clause. The New York Education Law allows public school districts to run "released time" programs in order to facilitate the religious education of students whose parents wish their children to participate in religious instruction during the school day, provided that the students are released for only one hour per week at the close of the morning or afternoon session. A public ...

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  • July 1, 2005

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