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Plan for Religious Courses in Chicago High Schools Dropped

July 16, 1941
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Because of the strong opposition developing from some religious groups, Superintendent of Schools William Johnson announced today the suspension for the time being of all plans for giving courses of religious instruction in the Chicago high schools.

The plan which had the full support of Catholics as well as a considerable body of Protestants was in general strongly opposed by Jews and the liberal Christian groups. The Jewish rabbis in particular strongly condemned the plan, though a small minority of the younger rabbis favored it. The Board of Education, it was announced, will take up the matter again in September.

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