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    Supreme Court upholds private ed. tax credits

    Supreme Court upholds private ed. tax credits

    Kathleen

    The U.S. Supreme Court put new limits on the power of citizens to challenge government programs as unconstitutionally promoting religion, upholding an Arizona tax credit aimed at helping cover private-school tuition costs.

    The justices, voting 5-4, today said opponents lacked “standing” to challenge the 14-year-old program, which gives tax credits for donations to organizations that provide private- school scholarships. The opponents faulted the program for relying on religious organizations that require their recipients to enroll in sectarian schools.”

    This is great news for school choice!

    As an aside, I personally wish more public schools were run like parochial ones. They operate on smaller budgets, have more flexible hiring practices, and don’t have to sift through several levels of bureaucracy to try a new program out.

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    @ Surfed, I think there will always be a market for education, if that's the point you're trying to get at… These are alternative options and I don't know of anyone who has ever been turned away at a parochial school save for overcrowding.

    @ Edward, good luck finding a nun in a Catholic school. (I only encountered one in my whole career at a private Catholic high school.) Most of my teachers were retired professionals (retired chemists for chemistry, a former FBI officer for history, etc…) who didn't go through the insipid standards for educators that many public systems require for someone to get "in."

    kathleen

    The case was doomed under the prior ruling upholding vouchers. the 9th circuit was wrong. who knew?

    But there is another angle. They rejected the theory that letting you keep your own money is the same as gov. spending.

    http://patterico.com/2011/04/04/supreme-court-to-ninth-circuit-president-obama-no-the-government-allowing-you-to-keep-your-own-money-is-not-the-same-as-spending/

    Thank you for that link!

    Where I live in Florida there are loooonnngg waiting lines to get into the Catholic Schools. Each of them requires testing before admittance to High School (if you didn't come from a church feeder elementary). They also remove students at the drop of a hat for bad behavior/language.

    Public education has become a testing ground for every crackpot theory the education establishment can cough up.


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