Source: New York Newsday
On February 20, 2004 New York Newsday reported, "A federal judge yesterday backed the city's Department of Education, ruling that the displaying of the Nativity scene, unlike Christmas trees and menorahs, is not secular and has no place in classrooms. Judge Charles Sifton in Brooklyn dismissed a lawsuit brought by Andrea Skoros, 34, of College Point, saying the city's policy banning non-secular holiday symbols from schools did not violate her right to free exercise of religion. Skoros, a Catholic, said she plans to appeal. She has 30 days to do so."