On January 18, 2012, the Korean American Voters’ Council sent letters urging for change in the legislation which banned school usage for religious groups in New York City to standing councilmembers and the Mayor of the City of New York. The letter urged them to take steps to push back the deadline and support a new legislation that will reform the education laws.

 

In accordance of the US Supreme Court’s ruling on December 5, 2011, New York City gave a deadline of February 12, 2012 for religious groups renting school buildings to relocate. As a result, about 160 churches and religious groups have to find new places very soon. Most of the organizations are formed by immigrant societies.

 

KAVC’s letter urged the Mayor to extend the February 12th deadline, and urged councilmembers to support a new legislation that will reform the education laws. In the current legislation, all persons and organizations can use school buildings as long as their schedule does not conflict with that of the school’s. However, religious groups are banned from renting school buildings.

 

KAVC is working with the Council of Korean Churches in Greater New York to extend the deadline and work to revise the education statutes.

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