The United States Supreme Court is thought likely to strike down a Maine law that excluded religious schools from the school voucher program.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, this program strengthened parental rights, allowing families to choose schools with religious backgrounds to educate their children without ensuring extra costs to the family.
Currently, the Biden administration is pushing to keep the case from being ruled on due to a technicality that would protect the allies of certain teachers’ unions that did not appreciate the potential exodus from public education.
Oral arguments were heard on Wednesday and the Maine law was called biased against those with religious leanings looking to allow for faith-based education.
“[One] neighbor says, ‘We’re going to send our children to secular private school.’ They get the benefit. The next-door neighbor says, ‘Well we want to send our children to a religious private school.’ They don’t get the benefit. That’s just discrimination on the basis of religion right there at the neighborhood level,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh said.
Progressives have been firmly against the school vouchers moving toward religious schools and as justices looked like they could overturn Roe v. Wade and expand the right to carry concealed firearms, the trifecta of liberal hot buttons was achieved with the issue of education.
“School choice advocates are backing the attack on Maine’s law amid mounting frustration with public schools. Long-term suspension of in-person instruction and curricula changes on sensitive subjects like race and sex are fueling a nationwide spike in homeschooling and private school enrollment,” the Beacon reported.
“The nation’s largest teachers’ unions filed amicus briefs supporting Maine’s law, and they’ve been outspoken in opposing vouchers on the grounds that they siphon taxpayer dollars out of public schools and dilute labor power.”
Currently, Maine offers tuition assistance to families in their sparsely populated northern and western regions where some school districts cannot maintain a public high school.