Newfoundland voters in a referendum, by a margin of 73 to 27 percent, favor a government takeover of the Canadian province's public-school system, run by churches for the past 277 years.
The new system will still allow religious instruction. Newfoundland is the only province in Canada that does not have a public-school system operated by the government.
Roman Catholic and Pentecostal churches campaigned vigorously against the move. The vote will not affect the current school year. And the change will require a constitutional amendment.1