Supreme Court rules Maine tuition program violates First Amendment for
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jun 22 08:13:19 2022
By Ronn Blitzer
Published June 21, 2022
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday that a Maine tuition assistance
program violated the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause for
excluding religious schools from eligibility.
The program provides tuition assistance for students without a local
public school to attend private institutions – as long as the funding
is not used for religious or "sectarian" teaching.
"Maine’s ‘nonsectarian’ requirement for its otherwise generally
available tuition assistance payments violates the Free Exercise Clause
of the First Amendment," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the
court's opinion in the case of Carson v. Maykin. "Regardless of how the
benefit and restriction are described, the program operates to identify
and exclude otherwise eligible schools on the basis of their religious exercise."
Roberts stated that with Maine providing the benefit of tuition
assistance, they cannot condition those benefits in a way that
"effectively penalizes the free exercise of religion."