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Catholic school's decision under review by state's top court

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court is interested in the case of a student who was rejected for admission at a Roman Catholic school in Oakland County.

  Under Michigan legal precedent, courts have steered clear of certain decisions made by faith-based schools, saying it would be unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

  But the Supreme Court last week told lawyers to file arguments about whether that 1994 ruling should be overturned. The order lists other issues, too. It's no guarantee that the court will take action.

  The latest case involves a girl rejected by Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Pontiac after attending Marist Academy. Both are run by the Marist Fathers and Brothers.

  The girl's family says she was illegally rejected because of a disability. The appeals court said courts can't intervene.