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Brooklyn diocese sues Catholic high school over space-sharing with charter school

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has sued the nonprofit group that runs Christ the King High School in Queens. The New York Times says the group is violating an agreement the two sides made in 1976, when the diocese ceded day-to-day operations of the high school and others in Brooklyn and Queens. The diocese wants a court to force Christ the King to turn over nearly half the revenue it receives from leasing 50,000 square feet of unused space to a charter school, Middle Village Preparatory Charter School, that opened in September. Because the charter school is free, the diocese contends, it could lure students from Catholic elementary schools, which charge tuition.

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