Maine Court Rules Voucher Program for Religious Schools is Unconstitutional

Maine Court Rules Voucher Program for Religious Schools is Unconstitutional


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In Maine, the state's Supreme Court rules that a voucher program used to pay for tuition to religious schools in the Raymond School District violates the U.S. Constitution. Parents in towns without public schools can still use publicly funded vouchers to send their kids to private schools if they aren't affiliated with churches.

From the decision:

"Choice alone cannot overcome the fact that the tuition program would directly pay religious schools for programs that include and advance religion.

None of the Supreme Court's decisions to date have ever intimated that such direct subsidies of religious schools could survive an Establishment Clause challenge."

Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, comments:

"This is the case more than any other that makes it crystal clear that vouchers aid religious schools and that violated the Constitution. It says it directly and without any fudging or equivocation."

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