Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday that he will allow religious groups to rent space in public school buildings when classes are not in session. The announcement comes a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the City could ban the practice if it wished. "I’ve said very clearly what I believe: that a faith-based organization has a right like anyone else waiting in line to use that space," the mayor said. "We will, as a result of the court decision, update our rules and refine our rules to make clear some specific parameters." Schools chancellor Carmen Fariña had said in the past that she was opposed to allowing the practice, but has not spoken out on the issue working under a mayor who supports it.
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