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Maine school choice case headed to U.S. Supreme Court could impact future education choice programs

The question of whether parents in Maine can send their children to religious schools using a K-12 state aid program will come another step closer to resolution this week when the nation’s highest court hears arguments in a case that could also influence whether other states adopt school choice programs.[Read More…]

Money, schools and religion: A controversial combo returns to the Supreme Court

Editor’s note: This commentary from Charles J. Russo, Joseph Panzer Chair in Education in the School of Education and Health Sciences and research professor of law at the University of Dayton, appeared last week on The Conversation. Since 1947, one topic in education has regularly come up at the Supreme[Read More…]

Lawsuit targets Michigan’s restriction on public funds paying for private, religious education

Editor’s note: This article appeared Friday on The Center Square. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation partnered with Bursch Law to file a lawsuit alleging Michigan’s restriction on the use of public funds to pay for private education is unconstitutional. Five Michigan families and the Parent Advocates for Choice in Education (PACE) Foundation,[Read More…]

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…]