U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES 6-3 IN FAVOR OF PARENTS AND RELIGIOUS CHOICE

U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES 6-3 IN FAVOR OF PARENTS AND RELIGIOUS CHOICE

Chief Justice Roberts writes majority opinion in Maine case reinforcing a parent’s freedom to direct the education of their children

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  In a victory for students across the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court just validated parents’ constitutionally-protected right to direct the education of their children.

The 6-3 decision in Carson v Makin reads in part that “once a state decides to subsidize private education it cannot disqualify some private schools because they are religious.” Maine created a tuition assistance program so that students living in communities without state-run public schools would have options, but they limited those options to secular schools. The case was brought by three families who filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that the “nonsectarian” requirement violates the Constitution. Today the High Court agreed. 

The decision reaffirms the Court’s findings in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Chief Justice Roberts wrote that “a benefit program under which private citizens ‘direct government aid to religious schools wholly as a result of their own genuine and independent private choice’ does not offend the Establishment Clause.”

Former Solicitor General and counsel to CER Paul Clement said that, “The decision certainly creates further momentum in the direction that any statute that limits relief to non-sectarian schools is in trouble and… reaffirms what was already clear from Espinoza.” Clement’s legal guidance to states in “Making the Most of Espinoza to Advance Education Opportunity,” is a seminal publication for state lawmakers wanting to remove the last vestiges of discrimination caused by “Blaine” amendments. In the coming days, CER will be monitoring further expert review of the decision and sharing with states how they can act to allow parents to fully choose the education that best meets their children’s needs.

For more information on the constitutionality of education choice and court decisions striking down Blaine Amendments, visit CER’s Blaine microsite

Its the economy, stupid

MESSAGE FROM THE REPUBLICAN LEADER
 

House Republicans and Friends Across New Hampshire,

These last two years, we have watched the Biden Administration destroy our economy, send fuel prices skyrocketing, beg foreign countries for gas and baby formula, eviscerate our 401ks and plunge the United States into recession. 

Republicans are the ones standing up and saying no more to Joe Biden’s madness. I hope that we can count on you to support our Republican candidates for State Representative and help us fight back against Joe Biden’s agenda of rampant inflation and total fiscal insanity.

Pay very close attention to what you hear from the other side of the aisle as well. The gaslighting would be laughable if our circumstances were not so dire, especially as Joe Biden claims that our economy “is the fastest-growing economy in the world.” Let me ask you this, do you feel like the economy is growing and strong? I am curious to hear our Democrat colleagues’ opinions and whether or not they stand with President Joe Biden and his incompetent handling of the economy. 

I want to express my thanks for your continued support. As our members are already hitting the campaign trail for the summer, I hope that the Republican caucus can win your vote to represent you for two more years in Concord.

All the best, 

Jason Osborne, House Majority Leader