Whether the federal government, within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution, can loan computers, software, and other instructional media to religious schools was at issue during oral arguments Dec. 1, 1999, before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Michael W. McConnell, a lawyer for several parents with children in Roman Catholic schools, told the justices the practice is "entirely constitutional."

Since a high court ruling in the 1970s that prohibited giving religious schools instructional materials,

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