The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled Montana may not bar religious schools from participating in the state’s tax-credit scholarship program.
The 5-4 decision in Espinoza v. Montana is a major win for school choice advocates. It is also a blow to so-called “Blaine Amendments” that have discriminated against parents who want to use popular and widespread education choice programs to send their children to religious schools.
“A State need not subsidize private education,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts for the majority. “But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious.”
Illinois-based Heartland Institute Policy Analyst Tim Benson lauded the decision.