DVAU’s Janice Rael is quoted in this article about pending legislation that threatens the wall of church-state separation.
The New Jersey Assembly’s education committee has approved a bill that could make it possible, in some cases, for local school districts to refer special-needs students to Jewish private schools and other sectarian special education programs.
The bill (S1929 or A2869) awaits a vote in the full Assembly and has yet to be introduced in the Senate, but it has bipartisan supporters in both houses in Trenton.
The article goes on to describe the bill and its supporters, but also mentions our position.
Opponents of the bill include the Delaware Valley chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
“This bill serves solely to eliminate the bar on taxpayer funding of sectarian services, which violates the Constitution and our founding principles of religious freedom,” wrote Janice Rael, the group’s vice president, in written testimony to the Assembly Education Committee.