In a case the Clinton administration says could determine the scope of its efforts to connect every classroom in America to the internet, the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether computers and other instructional materials paid for with taxpayer money can be used by religious schools.

At issue is a provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which gives money to public schools for special services and instructional equipment. Public school districts are required to share the equipment in a "secular, neutral, and nonideological" way with students enrolled in private schools within their boundaries.


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