Thursday, May 27, 2010

Supreme Court to hear school choice case

I think it's very likely that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of school choice, given its earlier Zelman decision and the fact that new Justice Sotomayor attended Catholic schools:


Supporters of school choice programs that provide children with educational opportunity will once again have their day in court—in front of the Supreme Court of the United States.  The Court decided today that it would hear an appeal to a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that declared an Arizona school choice program unconstitutional. 

This marks the second time in U.S. history that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a school choice case, after its 2002 ruling in the Zelman v. Simmons-Harris case declaring school voucher programs constitutional. 

The Supreme Court's decision to hear the case provides school choice supporters with an opportunity to once again demonstrate the constitutionality of school choice programs, according to the American Federation for Children. Amicus briefs filed by eight states and a multitude of civic organizations have called for the Ninth Circuit's decision to be overturned.

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