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Public teachers in church schools face court review

The Supreme Court has agreed to review a Michigan education program that puts teachers from the Grand Rapids public schools into private and religious academies to beef up their curriculum.

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Some taxpayers in the school district said the program violated the constitutional separation of church and state, and several lower courts agreed.

The Supreme Court will review the legality of the program, in which the public school district pays a nominal fee of up to $10 to lease a private school classroom.

No religious symbols can be displayed in the class during the teaching periods that include classes in mathematics, reading, physical education, languages, and art.

The justices agreed Monday to review the program next fall.

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