Charleston diocese sues South Carolina for barring Covid-relief funds from private schools

The Diocese of Charleston filed a suit against South Carolina on Wednesday challenging the state’s “Blaine Amendment”, which prohibits public funds from going to private schools.

The state supreme court has blocked the governor’s efforts to provide Covid-relief funding to private schools and the parents of private school students, citing the state’s Blaine Amendment.

Bishop of Charleston v. Adams was filed April 14 in a US district court. South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, a nonprofit organization that includes five Historically Black Colleges and Universities, is a co-plaintiff in the case.

“This appeal to our state’s courts is not only to, at long last, expunge the anti-Catholic and racist sentiment that still haunts our past. It is about creating a more inclusive, uplifting future for parents and children who seek an education that best fits their values and needs of their students,” said Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston.

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