Religious schools can’t have it both ways

When the Supreme Court struck down a Montana provision banning state aid to parochial schools in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue in 2020, it seemed to settle the issue.  But Maine continues to exclude religious schools from the state’s tuition-assistance program, which is the basis for Carson v. Makin (“The Supreme Court Has Unfinished School-Choice Business,” The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 18).

If the high court rules once again that religious schools cannot be denied state funds, will they have to play by the same set of rules as traditional public schools?  Or will they continue to be able to admit, discipline and expel students who for one reason or another are deemed too difficult to educate? 

I say they can’t have it both ways.  Once religious schools accept public funding, they should be required to operate like public schools.  But don’t count on it.

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