ESPINOZA v MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

A LANDMARK DECISION FOR PARENTAL CHOICE

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is a victory for education opportunity and excellence. Issuing one of its final decisions for the 2019-2020 session, the Court on June 30 ruled that a provision in Montana’s Constitution which had the effect of denying parents the choice of attending religious schools is discriminatory and violates the free exercise clause of the U.S. Constitution. That provision, commonly referred to as a “Blaine Amendment,” was named for a 19th century congressman who sought to amend the U.S. Constitution to forbid any public funds from ever touching a religious institution. The new wave of Catholic immigrants to our nation was his target. While he failed in Congress he won in the states. His story became the story of American education for 150 years.  Thanks to Kendra Espinoza, this is the beginning of the end of that ugly chapter in our history.

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