Resolution calling for withdrawing bond support for religous schools OK’d

A resolution asking the secretary of higher education to review two grants that two religous institutions are planned to receive through the Higher Education Bond Act passed mostly along partly lines.

The resolution, AR191, was passed 42-32-1.

Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) of East Orange, said that the website of the Higher Education Assistance Authority states pretty clearly that no state grant money could go to schools that specialize in relgious education giving out theological or divinity degrees.

The resolution seeks to request Higher Education Secretary Rochelle Hendricks to review two appropriations. One is for the $10.9 million for a yeshiva that gives out relgious degrees and the other is for $635,000 that is planned for a seminary in Princeton.

“I believe it is unconstitutional,” Oliver said.

Resolution calling for withdrawing bond support for religous schools OK’d