Catholic Lawsuit Ties “Public School Monopoly” to “Bigoted” Blaine Amendment

The Wall Street Journal editorial board drew attention to a Catholic federal lawsuit targeting South Carolina’s Blaine Amendment, and made the case that the exclusion of private Catholic schools from education funding is part of a longstanding legacy of bigotry.

“Blaine Amendments are a relic of 19th-century prejudice, and meant to deny public funding for religious (read: Catholic) schools,” WSJ explained.

The SC Education Association, a SC school district, and teachers union allies recently banded together to oppose a program that would have offered grants of up to $6,500, which families could apply toward private and religious school tuitions. The South Carolina Supreme Court “invoked the state’s Blaine language to throw out” the plan, the WSJ noted.

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