Since the US Supreme Court determined that Americans had educational freedom, the communist Democrats are now experiencing the harsh realities of their crumbling worldview.
“If our neighbors have the freedom to choose a private school and receive tuition from our town, why are we denied this same benefit just because we desire a religious education for our daughter?” one neighbor said.
A recent Supreme Court decision in Carson v. Makin is largely based on this straightforward query, which was posed by Maine parents Alan and Judy Gillis. A recent Supreme Court decision in Carson v. Makin is largely based on this straightforward query, which was posed by Maine parents Alan and Judy Gillis.
According to Cato Institute, fortunately for the Gillis family and families all around Maine, the majority of the Court concurred in a 6-3 decission, “Maine’s ‘nonsectarian’ requirement for its otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.”
The recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving school choice in Maine has paved the way for further cases to challenge educational institutions around the nation. “School choice” has emerged as a key talking point and a top concern for many voters as the midterm elections approach.
The Supreme Court ruled in Carson v. Makin that “communities that pay for students to go to secular private schools must also pay for them to go to religious schools. It was seen as a step toward expanding school choice nationwide. And in Maine, it set the stage for religious schools to receive taxpayer money in the form of tuition for the first time in over four decades,” according to a story from Yahoo News.
Aaron Frey, the Maine attorney general, responded to the Carson v. Makin ruling by stating that “Approximately 5,000 Maine children live in districts that neither have a public school nor a contract with a school in a nearby district,” Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey wrote in response to the Carson v. Makin decision. “To ensure that these children have access to a free public education, they are permitted to attend at public expense a public or private school of their choice.”
“The court’s 45-page ruling and the state Attorney General’s Office statement responding to it indicated the impact in Maine would be limited because school choice exists only in a small number of rural Maine towns that don’t have a high school or a contract with a school administrative unit that has a high school,” Yahoo reported.
“But Frey’s statement didn’t encompass the full scope of school choice in Maine or describe the full impact of the ruling. Some towns around the state that are part of school administrative units with high schools also offer school choice because of a special exception in state law that allows them to use taxpayer money to send students to private schools even when there is a public option available,” the outlet continued.
According to Conservative Brief’s Martin Walsh, “This paved the way for the West Virginia Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that blocked a public scholarship fund for use at private schools,” adding:
“The state’s highest court held that the Kanawha County Circuit Court was wrong to rule that the school voucher law was unconstitutional.”
The Washington Examiner reported the following with extra information:
The program can now pay students who are leaving the public education system to attend charter, private, religious, or home schools thanks to the court’s ruling that it is indeed constitutional. According to court records, the justices did not immediately explain their reasons but did state that “a detailed opinion” would be issued after the ruling.
Supporters of the Hope Award program said it would aid low-income families looking for alternative education, while lawyers for families who filed a lawsuit to prevent the scholarship from being implemented claimed it would siphon off crucial revenue from public school systems.
Only two days had passed since the state Supreme Court had heard oral arguments in the case. In its explanation, the court stated that the decision was made so quickly “given the nature of the constitutional matters at issue and the need to resolve the appeal in an expedited manner.” West Virginia is among the states with the lowest-quality education systems, according to a number of recent surveys, with one research rating the Mountain State bottom among all 50 states.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“Today’s order is a tremendous victory for the hard-working families across West Virginia who deserve increased options for their children’s individual educational needs,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican, said in a statement… CONTINUE READING…