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Religious Instruction to Be Discontinued in Public School Buildings

The Board of Education of New Hartford, near here, has decided to discontinue with the first of the year the program of using public school buildings for released time religious instruction. Use of public school facilities for religious instruction has been under legal fire and the school board has been conducting discussions with religious groups in New Hartford on the question.

Since some of the religious groups announced their opposition, the Board subsequently announced that use of the school buildings would be discontinued as soon as arrangements were made for the religious classes to be held in churches. The Jewish community relations committee, which last year made an unsuccessful attempt to interest New Hartford parents in a Jewish religious education program, is now expected to renew its efforts.