Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds, upholding a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling.

The state’s highest court had struck down the tax credit as a violation of the Montana constitution’s ban on state aid to religious schools.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion that said the state ruling violates the religious freedom of parents who want the scholarships to help pay for their children’s private education.

“A state need not subsidize private education. But once a state decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious,” Roberts wrote.

The Supreme Court also has upheld some school voucher programs and state courts have ratified others.

Full Story @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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