Supreme Court hears vital freedom-of-religion case

Notes On Liberty

Today, the Supreme Court heard  the most important case on the intersection of religion and education to arise in decades–Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. A few years back, Montana had passed its first school-choice program, a tax-credit scheme that allowed a small tax credit for donations to scholarship programs that helped kids afford private school.

As in any state, many of Montana’s private schools are religious. Right after the state legislature passed the tax-credit statute, the Montana Department of Revenue promulgated a rule that immediately gutted the program by forbidding students attending religious schools from receiving scholarship money.

The Department based its rule on Montana’s Constitution, which says the legislature can’t “make any direct or indirect appropriation or payment from any public fund or monies . . . for any sectarian purpose or to aid any church, school,” etc. Plenty of states have very similar “no-aid” clauses…

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  1. nottrampis
    Jan 23, 2020 @ 12:06:28

    This is a joke.
    Scholarships should only be awarded to those in financial distress. That is they can only do the course if they get the scholarship.
    A millionaire’s son or daughter could get a scholarship.

    Absurd

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