The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Wednesday on a case involving whether parents can use state aid money to send their children to a private religious school.
A Maine Department of Education program giving state assistance to parents for schooling excluded “sectarian” religious schools, and parents sued the state.
An appeals court upheld a ruling excluding religious education assistance for high school students in a different assistance program, and the case ended up before the high court.
Previous Supreme Court rulings did not allow religious schools to be excluded from grant programs, even if the money was not used for only secular purposes.
“An education that includes proselytization and inculcation in specific religious beliefs and supports the exclusion of some children and families is antithetical to a public education,” the Maine brief read, in defense of its ruling.
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