Supreme Court strikes down Maine law that discriminated against religious schools
Added 06-21-22 12:17:01pm EST - “In a victory for religious liberty and school choice, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a Maine law that unconstitutionally discriminated against sectarian schools. The court held in a 6-3 ruling that Maine's prohibition…” - Theblaze.com
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In a victory for religious liberty and school choice, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a Maine law that unconstitutionally discriminated against sectarian schools.
The court held in a 6-3 ruling that Maine's prohibition on using private school tuition assistance for religious schools violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
The case, Carson v. Makin, concerned a tuition assistance program for parents who live in school districts that do not have a public secondary school for their children. The program made funds available to assist these families with private or charter school tuition, provided that the chosen school met state accreditation requirements and that it was "nonsectarian in accordance with the First Amendment."
The Maine law was a kind of state law known as a "Blaine Amendment" law, named for a failed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have prohibited direct government aid to schools that have a religious affiliation. These laws generally prohibit funding from state benefits programs from being given to religious schools.
A group of families that qualified for the program but wanted to use the tuition funding to send their kids to religiously affiliated schools filed a suit challenging the law. They argued that the "nonsectarian" requirement violated the Constitution, and their case worked its way up to the Supreme Court.
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