Education: Supreme Court to Hear School Voucher Case This Week

On January 22, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Montana’s tax credit scholarship program allows a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for donations to an organization that provides private school scholarships. The state’s supreme court ruled that the state constitution prohibited the use of these funds for religious schools. The petitioners assert that limiting the availability of scholarships to secular schools violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Arc and other disability advocates filed an amicus brief asking the Court to uphold the decision made by the Montana Supreme Court invalidating Montana’s private school tax-credit scholarship program as it is harmful to students with disabilities. See The Arc’s position statement on education, including school choice. For more information, see The Arc’s press release regarding the case.

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