In an eagerly awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Montana’s ban on state aid to parochial schools is unconstitutional (“Supreme Court Strikes Down Montana Ban on State Aid to Church Schools,” The Wall Street Journal, July 1). Although the ruling was close, 5-4, I knew the Blaine amendment was doomed in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.
I support parental choice because what works for one student doesn’t necessarily work for another. That goes for religious and non-sectarian private schools as well as for traditional public schools. (For the record, I received a solid education in K-12 from public schools on Long Island, N.Y.)
What bothers me, however, is that religious schools operate by a completely different set of rules than traditional public schools. (That includes charter schools, which are public schools). As a result, religious, private and charter schools not surprisingly post far better results overall than traditional public schools, which are the schools of last resort.
These schools can’t have it both ways. They can’t be the beneficiaries of public funding while at the same time be exempt from the rules and regulations of traditional public schools. It’s blatantly unfair.
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