Education: Excessive Entanglement

The financial plight of New York's parochial schools, which teach some 700,000 students whom the public school system could ill afford to handle, is desperate. So desperate that Governor Nelson Rockefeller promised to disburse $33 million to non-public schools for "secular educational services" (including the teaching of English, math and history). Last week, a three-judge federal court, following Supreme Court decisions on similar programs in three other states, declared Rockefeller's plan unconstitutional, an "excessive entanglement between government and religion."

Undaunted, Rockefeller and Republican legislative leaders announced that they would find alternative ways...

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