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Espinoza v. Montana at Supreme Court

Statement by Center for Education Reform 
Founder & CEO Jeanne Allen on
Espinoza v. Montana at Supreme Court

In landmark case heard earlier today, educational opportunity is on the line as SCOTUS reviews state’s discrimination against plaintiff Kendra Espinoza’s right to decide children’s school

WASHINGTON — The founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, Jeanne Allen, today released the following statement regarding Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the oral arguments for which were heard today by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This is by far the most important case involving education in more than 60 years,” said Jeanne Allen. “At today’s hearing, Kendra’s team made a clear and convincing case that the state of Montana did indeed discriminate against her and her fellow petitioners. The families and school leaders here and around the country who support her fight were are equally inspiring. If the court overrules Montana’s action, then CER will be ready to work with all states to ensure the right of parents to direct their kids’ education is fully supported nationwide.”


  • CER filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Kendra Espinoza and the other plaintiffs last year with former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement. *Read it here*
  • Jeanne Allen and Paul Clement co-authored a guest opinion piece featured this week by TIME about the impact of the case on educational choice. *Read it at TIME.com here*
  • Hours before oral arguments began this morning, Allen appeared on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends to discuss the case’s meaning. *Watch the full interview here

For in-depth information about Espinoza v. Montana and the true history of the Blaine Amendment, visit CER’s online resource bank here.


Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.