Er, I did not recall this, but Michael Wear certainly does. Yesterday, Wear posted a Twitter reminder of a Michael Bloomberg-era school board policy that chased dozens of faith communities out of public-school rentals. At the time, the New York City school board argued that rentals of public-school facilities to churches and other faith communities for the conduct of their religious services violated the Constitution, and Bloomberg cheered the board of education when it went to court to keep them locked out.
And at least in court, he won. In February 2012, after the Supreme Court declined to intervene in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education, the doors officially closed for several years on religious groups seeking accommodations that the NY public schools gave other groups. However, various court actions dragged out the issue until it later got mooted:
On the last Sunday before a city policy went into effect barring religious services in public schools, leaders of congregations around the city expressed a range of responses, with some taking a pragmatic attitude and others vowing to not give up without a fight. …
After years of litigation, a federal court recently upheld the city’s decision to not allow services in public schools, and the city set Sunday as the deadline for dozens of congregations that had been meeting in schools to move out.
“It isn’t right what’s happened,” Mr. Schefter said of the court’s decision, “but we’re fighting the good fight, and God’s opening doors for us.”