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‘torah Umesorah’ Opposes N.Y. Ban on Funds for Religious Schools

October 20, 1966
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Torah Umesorah, the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools, has called for the repeal of the New York State constitutional prohibition on state financial aid to schools sponsored by religious groups.

Testifying before the Temporary Commission on the Constitutional Convention, Herman Cahn, representing the Hebrew day school group, said that the Federal Constitution was sturdy enough to protect the principle of church-state separation and that the state’s restrictive amendment was superfluous and unnecessarily restrictive. The Temporary Commission is conducting hearings in preparation for the Constitutional Convention to be held next spring.

Asserting that it was important that pupils in religion-sponsored schools receive as good an education in non-religious subjects as do other children, Mr. Cahn said that the restrictive amendment now in the Constitution was discriminatory, and relegated students in religious schools to the status of second-class citizenship.

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