Maine is concerned about the Supreme Court’s decision on public funding

Academics are anxiously awaiting a major decision in a Maine-centric U.S. Supreme Court case this month, which could lift restrictions on the use of public funds for religious and other private schools.

The High Court is considering an appeal in a case called Carson v. Makin, which stems from a 2018 lawsuit filed by three Maine families against the state Department of Education. The family’s chief attorney is the Institute for Justice, which in recent years has won similar school choice and religious freedom challenges in the current Conservative-majority Supreme Court.

Grace Levitt, Spanish teacher and current president of the Maine Education Association, said: “This is a real blow to those who want to privatize public education and have vouchers. “It will funnel public tax dollars from our public schools.”

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