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Lawsuit: Taxpayer Dollars for Religious Schools

Monday, June 24, 2013

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The New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s decision to award more than $11 million in taxpayer funds to two religious schools.

Voters approved 1.3 billion dollars for higher education construction projects in November. But voter Gloria Schor Andersen, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, says she wasn't aware money would go to religious schools.

“I'm Jewish and I've also been involved in Jewish education since 1992 and I don't agree with this particular use of public funds,” she said.

The original language of the bill excluded religious schools from getting bond money but the language was later stuck from the bill.

Award amounts:

Beth Medrash Govoha: $10.6 million.

Princeton Theological Seminary: $645,313.

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