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Religious Schools Given More Access To State Aid


In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the U.S. Supreme Court rules 5-4 that states must allow religious schools to participate in programs that provide scholarships to students attending private schools. The decision does not directly affect public schools, but their supporters say they fear it will lead to resources being diverted from public to private education. The decision is the latest in a series of recent rulings that have lowered the traditional wall separating church and state by requiring government entities to treat religious and nonreligious institutions more equally, even when that means sending public money to religious institutions.