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Court Rules Against City, Allows Churches to Use Schools

By Ben Fractenberg | March 1, 2012 10:12am

MANHATTAN — A federal appeals court has blocked the city from banning religious institutions from worshipping in public schools.

The city had tried to bar churches from its schools with a law introduced on Feb. 13. It claimed allowing them to use the spaces conflicts with the separation of church and state.

But a lower court granted the Bronx Household of Faith a restraining order on Feb. 16, letting it continue worshipping after that church challenged the law as unconstitutional.

A judge will now decide if the law can actually be enforced. That decision is expected as early as June.