The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a Bronx church’s case on whether it can hold worship services in New York City public schools.
The decision ends a 16-year legal battle over the rights of churches in city schools and means 160 area churches have roughly two months to find new places to hold worship services.
Lawyers for the Bronx Household of Faith, an evangelical congregation that meets at P.S. 15 in the Bronx, filed a petition in late September asking the court to review a June appeals-court ruling barring churches from holding worship services on school property.
Now that congregation, along with dozens of others, has until Feb. 12 to find a substitute house of worship.