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Jewish Group in Philadelphia Fights Parochial School Busing

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia appealed today to the State Senate Education Committee, to reject a bill to provide public bus transportation for pupils of sectarian schools in Pennsylvania.

In a letter to State Sen. Preston B. Davis, chairman of the committee, the JCRC asserted that free public transportation to schools under the supervision or control of any religious denomination, “whether Jewish, Catholic or Protestant,” was governmental aid to religion. As such, the JCRC said, it would violate the freedom of religion clause of the First Amendment to the federal and Pennsylvania constitutions.