SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Schools’ Religious Liberty

Published June 28, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court this week ruled in favor of a religious school’s right to receive government grants, setting a precedent for making Blaine amendments, which prohibit public money from funding sectarian schools, irrelevant:

Supreme Court ruling that a church-run preschool must be granted publicly funded tire scraps for its playground seemed on Monday to be narrowly drawn, attracting even the votes of two of the court’s liberal justices, Elena Kagan and Stephen G. Breyer.

But school choice advocates across the nation saw the decision as a game changer in the divisive debate over publicly funded vouchers for private religious schools. And their judgment seemed validated on Tuesday when the legal ramifications began to reshape education debates across the country.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sent two cases back to state courts for reconsideration in light of the ruling for Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo. One of those cases concerned a program in Colorado—ruled unconstitutional by the state’s highest court—that awarded public funds to help families cover tuition at private schools, including sectarian ones.

The Trinity Lutheran ruling is a great victory, indeed, for school choice. Next up on the chopping block: forced union dues. Let’s hope SCOTUS keeps ruling as it has, and the two biggest impediments to education choice are soon nothing more than a distant, very bad memory.

SOURCE: The New York Times  


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