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California Court Rules in Favor of Parochial Schools

The California District Court has ruled that the town of Piedmont, Calif., may not forbid the erection of parochial schools in residential areas.

The case involved a suit by a Roman Catholic group which sought to build a parochial school but was denied a permit by Piedmont officials. The American Jewish Congress filed a “friend of the court” brief arguing that the Constitution guaranteed parents the right to send their children to parochial schools rather than public schools, if their religious convictions so dictate.