Monday, June 24, 2024

Supreme Court Rules Parents Can Send Their Children To Religious Schools With Public Funds

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In a major win for , the ruled today that parents could use state-provided vouchers to send their children to religious schools.

The court ruled 6-3 in the decision issued in the case of Carson v Makin.

Justice Roberts issued the majority opinion and Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett agreed with it. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan made up the dissent.

Per NBC News, the major issue at hand in the case “was a state program in Maine that made taxpayer money available to families who live in remote areas without public high schools. Under the state law, they could use the money for their children's tuition at public or private schools in other communities, but not for sectarian schools, defined as those that promote a particular faith or belief system and teach material “through the lens of this faith.”

In the opinion, Chief wrote the following:

“There is nothing neutral about Maine's program. The State pays tuition for certain students at private schools—so long as the schools are not religious. That is discrimination against religion. A State's antiestablishment interest does not justify enactments that exclude some members of the community from an otherwise generally available public benefit because of their religious exercise.”

As summarised by Fox News, Justice Breyer wrote in the dissent that this ruling “runs afoul of the