Supreme Court Strikes Down Maine’s Unconstitutional Tuition Program For Excluding Faith-Based Schools

Supreme Court Strikes Down Maine’s Unconstitutional Tuition Program For Excluding Faith-Based Schools


In a win for religious freedom and education choice, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Maine government program that only granted tuition aid to parents who sent their children to a pre-approved private school without any religious affiliation is unconstitutional.

In a 6-3 decision that reversed a lower court ruling, the Supreme Court found that the Maine Department of Education’s decision to exclude religious schools from the government’s tuition assistance program violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett joined Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion in which Roberts argued that the blue state government’s policy keeping Maine students from attending private religious schools

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