June 14, 2007 3:09PM

Good News for School Choice in AZ

The Arizona Superior Court handed the anti‐​school‐​choice crowd yet another in a long string of legal defeats by upholding the recently passed voucher program for foster children. They still have cases pending, but if they couldn’t get the courts to overturn a voucher, they have no chance with the tax credit. 

I can’t say it any better than the Institute for Justice, the public‐​interest law firm that’s defending this and many other school choice programs:

Relying on U.S. Supreme Court and Arizona Supreme Court precedent, including 1999’s Kotterman v. Killian case upholding Arizona’s first tax credit scholarships program, Judge Hicks rejected opponents’ claims that the new scholarship programs violate the state Constitution’s Blaine Amendments and its education guarantee.

“This is the fifth lawsuit that school choice opponents have filed against educational aid programs designed to help Arizona schoolchildren most in need, and it is the fifth time that courts have sided with kids,” said Tim Keller, executive director of the Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter. “It is time for opponents of genuine education reform to get the message and stop these frivolous legal battles. All our clients want is a good education that meets their children’s unique needs.”

I suppose we all should be happy that they’re continuing to waste so many resources fighting a lost cause in AZ. Hopefully Big Ed remains clueless and doesn’t move on.