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Public Schools Cannot Be Religiously Neutral, But School Choice Makes Neutrality Possible

Tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Espinoza v. Montana, a case addressing state constitutional provisions that bar public funds from going to religious institutions, especially schools. There are many reasons the U.S. Supreme Court should rule in favor of school choice, but the most important is that the end that Blaine amendments are supposed to achieve — keeping government out of religion — is far better served by the measure Montana struck down than maintaining a public school monopoly over taxpayer funds.

Diagram showing levels of religion in schools
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Ninth Circuit “Reluctantly” Dismisses Kids Climate Case

We should all be thankful for the court’s avowed restraint — for much of this controversy, judges in the circuit seemingly champed at the bit to take on central planning of the American economy. A big assist is due the Supreme Court, which bench‐​slapped some sense into the Ninth Circuit.