Courts

Judge says West Virginia scholarship offering public money for private education is unconstitutional

Editor’s note: This article appeared earlier today on wvmetronews.com. Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit has concluded that a scholarship program that provides state funds for students leaving the public school system is runs afoul of the state Constitution. That conclusion at the end of a hearing that lasted a little[Read More…]

How will Carson v Makin affect Catholic schools?

Nicole Garnett, senior policy adviser to the Alliance for Catholic Education and a Notre Dame University law professor, recently joined Tim Uhl, secretary of education/superintendent for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, on the Catholic School Matters podcast to discuss the recent Carson v. Makin Supreme Court case and implications for[Read More…]

Close enough in education choice no longer good enough

Those defending discrimination in education received a well-deserved comeuppance last month—from two quarters. The first, a lesson in constitutional law, matches nicely with the second, the creation of expansive opportunities for parents to choose how and where their children learn. This combination will define K-12 education for the next century.[Read More…]

Religious schools may face another hurdle to state tuition

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on washingtontimes.com. Religious schools got what they wanted when the Supreme Court allowed them to participate in a state tuition program. But the state attorney general said the ruling will be for naught unless the schools are willing to abide by the same[Read More…]

Alabama school choice advocates encouraged by SCOTUS ruling on funding

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on aldailynewscom. School choice advocates in Alabama say they are encouraged by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on private and religious schools and state funding. The high court ruled 6-3 that it is unconstitutional for Maine’s K-12 tuition support program for private schools to[Read More…]

Blaine Amendment mostly dead

Blaine Amendments prohibiting the public support of religious schools, once used to bludgeon school choice supporters during legislative debates, is dead. Or, at least mostly dead. A 6-3 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday determined that states cannot prohibit religious schools from participating in public benefit programs because they[Read More…]

Supreme Court tosses Maine’s ban on public funding for religious schools

This article appeared earlier today on bangordailynews.com. You can find a link to the full court decision here. A conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine’s ban on public funding for religious schools was unconstitutional and violated the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The[Read More…]

Public schools can’t escape criticism when reflecting on Brown v. Board

Nearly 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education rewrote the rules of American K-12 education, pundits and academics are still debating its legacy. And despite nearly universal agreement over the shame and damage done by segregation and resistance to integration, some refuse to reflect deeply on the very flaws[Read More…]