Courts

U.S. Supreme Court to hear challenge to Maine scholarship program

Families who attend faith-based schools in Maine received good news today when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a potentially landmark case that could settle the issue of whether families can be barred from using education choice scholarships to send their children to religious schools that conduct religious activities.[Read More…]

Family at center of Maine school choice case hopes for U.S. Supreme Court victory

David and Amy Carson both graduated from Bangor Christian Schools, housed in a tidy, red brick building in Maine. In addition to core academic subjects like reading and math, the school emphasizes a “biblical worldview.”  Chapel meets every Thursday, and students are required to take Bible classes. So, when their[Read More…]

U.S. Supreme Court to conference on Maine school choice case

States can’t discriminate against religious schools because of their religious identity. But can states discriminate if the school teaches religious things? If you thought this debate was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer, think again. Two recent circuit court rulings say yes, states can discriminate against religious instruction.[Read More…]

‘Friends of the Court’ urge hearing of Maine school choice case

The Institute for Justice appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in March, asking the justices to hear the case of three Maine families wishing to send their children to private religious schools. The issue to decide: Can the state’s school choice program discriminate against private religious schools based on what[Read More…]

redefinED’s best of 2020: Supreme Court in Espinoza ruling opens door to state funding for religious schools

Editor’s note: During the holiday season, redefinED is reprising the “best of the best” from our 2020 archives. This post originally published June 30. In a landmark decision today on school choice, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled  that the Montana Department of Revenue’s shutdown of a tax-credit scholarship program for[Read More…]

Appeals court sides with state in school reopening fight

News Service Florida TALLAHASSEE – Saying that “nothing in the emergency order requires any teacher or any student to return to the classroom,” a state appeals court Friday overturned a ruling that said Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran violated the Florida Constitution when he issued a July order aimed at reopening[Read More…]

Union activities beg the question: How, specifically, is this going to make the education of children better?

“A sharp distinction must always be made between the physical survival of particular schools and the survival of the educational quality in those schools.” So writes American economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell in his latest book, Charter Schools and Their Enemies. If we measure analysis by its predictive abilities[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews education choice icon Stephen Sugarman: Part 3

In the last of a three-part podcast series, Tuthill and Berkeley law professor Sugarman discuss the landmark Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue Supreme Court decision. The June 2020 decision made it clear that a state cannot exclude religious schools from receiving funding from a program created by the state[Read More…]