Just one week after the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could decide the scope of federal technology funding for religious schools, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that a statewide subsidy of telecommunications services does not violate the Constitution by including parochial as well as public schools.

The program in question, called "Educational Telecommunications Access," offers discounts on high-speed internet access and video data lines to public and private Wisconsin schools and colleges. The program is administered by the Technology for Education in Wisconsin Board, created as part of the 1997-99 state budget.



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