WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that states cannot create separate school districts to meet citizens' special needs that spring from their religious views, unless the state is specifically neutral towards the religion.

The high court's decision struck down a 1989 New York State law that created a separate school district for the Satmar sect of Hasidic Jews in Orange County. The court ruled that the state effectively granted political power to the Satmar community without exercising religious neutrality.

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