Religious Schools Seek To Limit State Regulation In Pa

10.30.13 | Bob Price

Advocates for religious schools want Pennsylvania lawmakers to bar the state from regulating programs and faculty members at church-run pre-schools and nursery schools. The House Education Committee conducted a hearing on the matter yesterday. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference says the Department of Public Welfare's authority should be limited to matters involving health and safety. They say decisions involving programs, teacher training and curriculum should be left up to the schools, as they are for K-12 religious schools. Some Pennsylvania officials say the State Education Department should have more oversight of religious institutions to prevent fraud and abuse.