Wednesday, August 06, 2014

NYC Pre-Kindergarten Funding Requires Religious Schools To Draw Fine Church-State Lines

The New York Times reported Monday on the fine church-state lines being drawn by religious schools hosting Mayor de Blasio's government-funded pre-kindergarten programs. Brief guidelines issued to the schools allow the teaching of culture, but not religion. Religious texts may be presented objectively as part of a secular program of instruction.  The Times describes the accommodation reached by some schools:
The biblical story of Noah’s Ark will be taught, without mention of who told Noah to build it. Challah, the Jewish bread eaten on the Sabbath, will be baked, but no blessings said over it. Some crucifixes will be removed, but others left hanging.
(See prior related posting.) [Thanks to Scott Mange for the lead.]