Court Extends Churches Access to NYC Schools

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A federal court has rejected New York City's attempt to prevent churches from meeting in public schools.

The churches can continue holding their meetings until a federal judge decides if the city's ban on worship in school buildings can be enforced.

U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said the churches are likely to win their First Amendment challenge.

She extended the order to include the more than 40 churches that currently hold worship services in New York City public school buildings.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals urged Preska to issue her final decision by mid-June so it can be settled by the start of the school year.

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