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What happens after Espinoza?July 7, 2020

37 states ban state aid to religious schools. Are these laws now unconstitutional?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the Supreme Court decided the most important education case in decades. Next week, please join the Center for Education Reform (CER) in a webinar about the implications of this case.

BREAKING: The Supreme Court Just Struck Down Discrimination in EducationJune 30, 2020

The decision of the Supreme Court in favor of the plaintiff in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue validates a parent’s constitutionally protected right to direct the education of their children.

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Why The Supreme Court Ruling Against An Obscure 19th Century Act Of Bigotry Will Improve Education For MillionsJuly 8, 2020

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. Commonly called a “Blaine Amendment,” such provisions have existed in 37 state constitutions. The Espinoza decision portends the beginning of their demise.

The Bigotry of Blaine No MoreJuly 2, 2020

Prayers of thanks, huzzahs and hoorays are being heard across the country since the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court June 30 that it is unconstitutional to discriminate against parents simply because they choose to send their children to a religious school. Wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the 5-4 majority opinion in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, “Drawing on ‘enduring American tradition,’ we have long recognized the rights of parents to direct ‘the religious upbringing’ of their children.”

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Education groups mobilizing to get more money movingMay 5, 2020

THIS IS WHY WE CALL IT THE BLOB $200 billion, on top of the $13 billion in new monies already delivered for education (see related story below) to fund federal programs in anticipation of state budget cuts is the epitome of throwing good money after bad. Never mind that the rest of the nation has to try […]

IMPORTANT NEWS: US Department of Ed Issues Much Needed GuidanceMarch 23, 2020

Dear Friends,As we all work to provide rapid solutions to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on education, we learned last week from our partner network that many states and school districts — some of which had already started remote education of students — told educators that any remote learning would not […]

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