WASHINGTON, DC —The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of parent choice today, as the court found Montana’s exclusion of religious schools from a state scholarship program funded by tax credits violates the U.S. Constitution.
The 5-4 decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is a major victory for parents who want educational options, as it ensures the state tax credit follows the child to the school of their choice.
Statement from Colleen Cook, Parent Board President, National Coalition for Public School Options:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling validates what we know to be true: parents should have the right to choose the best educational option for their child—no matter if it’s at a religiously affiliated school or not. I’m pleased to see today’s ruling as it solidifies educational choice by dealing a death blow to Blaine amendments found in more than 30 state constitutions, which restrict a parent’s access to many school options.
“Blaine amendments are just one way state lawmakers have limited educational options. There is still much work left to do to dismantle the arbitrary obstacles and unnecessary burdens politicians have put in place in order to protect the educational status quo.
“The case—which was brought forward by three mothers who relied on the scholarship program to help pay for their child’s education—further proves that when it comes to their child’s education, parents can’t be stopped. I hope it empowers more parents to get involved in the school choice movement and realize the power of their voices.”