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August 6, 2002 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the use of school vouchers, a Florida judge ruled Monday that the nation's only statewide voucher program violates the Florida Constitution because it gives tax money to religious schools. The decision was a major setback for Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, who had numbered the 1999 voucher law among the greatest achievements of his governorship.
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July 19, 2002 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Washington college student who wants to use a state-funded scholarship to study "pastoral ministries" must be allowed to do so despite a state ban on using government funds for religious instruction, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The 2-1 decision comes less than a month after a different 9th Circuit panel drew vociferous criticism nationally by ruling in another case involving church and state that the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2002 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 34-year-old Jewish businessman has launched a program--only the fourth of its kind in the nation--to bring a top Israeli scholar to Orange County each year for a monthlong series of lectures at synagogues and universities and to community groups. The scholar-in-residence program, the brainchild of Arie Katz, general counsel to a Newport Beach fitness firm, will kick off later this month with Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Avigdor Shinan as its inaugural lecturer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2001 | Associated Press
A coalition dissatisfied with public schools that serve black students announced plans to open four tuition-free schools within weeks. St. Louis Academies said it had secured a $20-million loan, leased four buildings, and hired a former public school superintendent and 75 teachers. Initially, the schools will meet costs through a patchwork of federal programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2001 | Associated Press
Courses have begun for 120 students at the new law school at the University of St. Thomas, a Roman Catholic institution that plans to take a faith-based approach to learning the legal system. "While most places study the law based on reasoning, faith-based schools integrate a belief system with reasoning," said the dean, David Link, formerly dean of the University of Notre Dame law school.
NEWS
July 15, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Glen Coughlin will sign. Gladly. Oh yes, says the dean of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, he fully backs the Vatican requirement for Roman Catholic theologians to pledge, in writing, that they will teach "authentic Catholic doctrine." Call this truth in advertising, Coughlin says: Those billed as Catholic theologians should accurately present Catholic teachings. John Connolly will not sign. Absolutely not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2001 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court has ruled that a Seventh-day Adventist college can participate in a state program that pays for courses and programs at public and private colleges. The state failed to prove that Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md., was "pervasively sectarian" and therefore ineligible for state money, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 26.
NEWS
June 12, 2001 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court strengthened the free-speech rights of religious groups Monday, ruling that a Christian youth group must be permitted to hold an after-school Bible study class in a public elementary school. Because officials in a small central New York town had allowed civic and social groups to use their school buildings, they also must open their doors to the Bible study group, the justices said in a 6-3 ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ari Ringelheim and David Cohen sat across from each other at a table littered with papers and books in the sanctuary at the Toras Hashem synagogue in Valley Village. Dressed conservatively in white shirts and dark pants, the young scholars vigorously debated a passage from the Talmud, the classic compendium of Jewish laws and commentaries that dates back 1,500 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With children everywhere discussing the costumes and treats they expected for Halloween, it was natural enough that a teacher at Olinda Elementary School would assign her students to read a book themed to the holiday. But then a parent objected that Halloween was offensive to people of her faith. The teacher turned to her principal, Brenda Clark, who resolved the problem by suggesting the child be assigned a different book.
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