The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, sided with the Espinoza family of Montana in a ruling that states must allow religious schools to participate in programs that offer scholarships to students who may attend private schools.
Jeff Lazloffy, President of the Montana Family Foundation said the decision changes the entire landscape for school funding.
“The United States Supreme Court this morning ruled in the case of Espinoza v the Montana Department of Revenue,” said Lazloffy. “What this case did was wrap up an 11 year process here at the Montana Family Foundation. It began as an effort to bring school choice to Montana, and concluded with a decision so broadly written by the Court that is going to remove religiously discriminatory language from 37 state constitutions, including Montana.”
Lazloffy said the contention was over the Blaine Amendment that stated that no public dollars could ever be used for religious education.
“Montana has what is called a ‘super Blaine’ amendment, in that not only does it say that state dollars may not be used to fund private religious schools, it says that those dollars may not be used either directly or indirectly,” he said.
With the decision, Lazloffy