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A Congregation worshiping in a public school.

On February 29th, 2012, New York Court of Appeals, 2nd District ruled that religious groups can utilize public school buildings until June. The Court has decided that it will hear from both the churches and the New York City government before making a complete decision.

Last December, a court ruling stated that religious groups were to vacate school buildings by February 12. However, with the federal court’s decision, religious groups were somewhat relieved. The New York City Department of Education will start issuing permits on March 1st.

When the state court ruled against the churches, Korean American Voters’ Council and the Council of Korean Churches of Greater New York created petitions and distributed it among churches in New York and New Jersey. The petition demanded that the deadline (Feb 12) be extended to at least June, and plans to convince the State Senate and the Assembly to revise the laws were created.

A resolution allowing the use of public schools has passed in the State Senate but it is still held up in the state Assembly.

KAVC is continuing to urge Assemblymembers to act upon this issue via fax, email, and phone. Letters were also sent to NYC Council and the Mayor’s office. KAVC is also engaging in online petitions.

The New York Times covered this issue on February 29, 2012.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/nyregion/court-says-churches-can-hold-services-in-schools-for-now.html?ref=nyregion

 

Click on this link to participate in the petition.

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