The Virginia-based Institute for Justice is battling on behalf of parents who want the freedom to choose how their children are educated.
Three families in Maine are in court fighting a state law that prohibits them from participating in the school tuition program because the schools they chose are religious. It’s the third effort to have the law declared unconstitutional. However, Institute for Justice senior attorney Timothy Keller says a Supreme Court decision in the Trinity Lutheran vs. Comer case in Missouri last year bolsters their case this time.
“The principle laid down in Trinity Lutheran clearly applies in states like Maine, which have decided to exclude religious schools simply because they’re religious and for no other reason,” he tells OneNewsNow.
Parents in the Pine Tree State who live in sparsely populated towns without public schools receive public funds to send their children to the school of their choice – whether public or private. But because “families who choose non-religious schools receive tuition support while parents who select a religious school do not,” Keller says the law is discriminatory.
“This lawsuit seeks to end that religious discrimination,” he adds.
There are two other similar cases – one in Montana and the other in Washington State. Keller is confident one of the three will make it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
PR court sides with school choice
Another attorney with Institute for Justice has been dealing with a school choice-related case in Puerto Rico, where to the relief of frustrated parents the territory’s Supreme Court upheld the law providing an educational scholarship program.
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SOURCE: One News Now, Bob Kellogg