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Voluntary Course Planned in Chicago

Final steps are being taken to introduce into Chicago high schools, on a voluntary basis, of a “course in religion.” The proposal has been approved by Superintendent of Schools William Johnson and is awaiting decision of the School Board. It is supported by Catholic and Protestant groups, but opposed by Jewish civic and religious leaders, who appeared before the board to argue that it violates the principle of separation of Church and State. The course would be given outside the schools, churches defraying the expenses, but would receive school credit by the board.