Supreme Court Hears Arguments for Carson v Makin, Regarding Religious Schools

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a case which raises questions about religious freedom and separation of Church and state. The case, Carson v Makin, involves school choice in Maine which is tied to state-funded tuition aid in settings where public schools are not available. The key question is whether families who receive state vouchers can apply them to private religious schools for their children. Cofounder of SCOTUSblog, Amy Howe, joins to tell us how she thought the oral arguments went. Howe breaks down the constitutional question here and what the implications are for the First Amendment. The cofounder of SCOTUSblog explains how the interpretation of the establishment clause changed the fact that prior to 1980, families in Maine had the option to use state-provided tuition money to send their children to faith-based schools. She discusses whether this state-provided money makes parents choose between participating in the tuition-assistance or assuring their children learn about their faith. Howe fills us in on why the court chose to hear this case when it directly impacts fewer than 5,000 students.

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