The Supreme Court has ruled on a case coming out of Montana, which provided a tax credit for money donated to scholarships for private schools. This tax credit even went to donations to religious schools.
But the state’s revenue department banned the program from being applicable for religious schools. The state’s supreme court then struck down the entire program.
Now, the Supreme Court decided what they did was wrong:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a ban on taxpayer funding for religious schools, in a narrow but significant win for the school choice movement.
In the 5-4 ruling, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court essentially backed a Montana tax-credit scholarship program that gave residents up to a $150 credit for donating to private scholarship organizations, helping students pay for their choice of private schools…
“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 in the court’s opinion.
Numerous politicians on the left have opposed school choice, prioritizing failed, public schools. Parents and families have eagerly backed various forms of school choice, as it allows students to go to the best option.
It appears those who tried to shut down Montana’s scholarship program did so in order to both exclude religious school and limit school choice.
That would have been a win for Democrats, who have pushed for greater tax-payer funding for public schools (and teachers’ unions).
The Supreme Court decided that a state cannot discriminate against a private school, because of its religious affiliation. To do so, would be a violation of the First Amendment.
A state does not need to “subsidize” private education, Roberts wrote, but they cannot disqualify a religious school.
This is a break from Roberts’ previous rulings, where he sided with the liberal wing of the court. In recent cases, he has ruled in favor of Democrat causes, much to the outrage of conservative Americans.
But this ruling upholds President Trump’s intentions to provide more school choice to American families.
And it prevents public school advocates from undermining a family’s ability to pick the right school for their children.
- The Supreme Court overruled a ban on a state scholarship program in Montana for religious schools.
- Chief Justice Roberts wrote states cannot disqualify a school for being religious.
- The ruling is a win for the First Amendment and school choice advocates.
Author: Adam Casalino