Source: The Associated Press
On October 6, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "the head of the Philadelphia school district has created a task force of religious leaders to establish closer ties with faith-based groups, a move critics say risks violating the separation between church and state. Paul Vallas, the district's chief executive officer, said the panel could help with tutoring, mentoring, counseling and organizing faith-based clubs... The task force of rabbis, ministers and other clergy could become one of the largest collaborations of its kind, according to national experts. But opponents say the collaboration is inappropriate and could be illegal."