August 5th, 2014
By Billy Hallowell
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to offer 53,000 free prekindergarten slots in September relies on a strategy that is already posing some major First Amendment questions, as he asks community groups and religious schools to help provide space for his expanded early education program.
The city doesn’t have the space it needs to accommodate scores of children coming into the system, so officials are relying on faith-based institutions, among others, to help house the public school initiative, the New York Times reported.
But the situation gets tricky when it comes to religious instruction at these institutions, as New York City is forced to grapple with how to ensure that church and state truly remain separate.
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