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In a decision with national implications, a federal district judge has struck down a U.S. Education Department regulation governing the allocation of federal Chapter 1 remedial-education aid to students in church-affiliated schools. Acting in a case brought by Missouri taxpayers, U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Stevens Jr. ruled on Dec. 21 that the federal rule forcing states and school districts to deduct the cost of aiding parochial-school students "off the top" of their entire Chapter 1 allocations violates the First Amendment's ban on government establishment of religion.
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