The Supreme Court of the United States today dealt a major blow to public education. Their decision in the Espinoza Vs. Montana Department of Revenue will allow private, religious schools to receive public tax dollars with no accountability or oversight. The ruling violates Article X, Section 1 and Article X, Section 6 of the Montana State Constitution written in 1972.
Montana AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Al Ekblad released the following statement regarding the ruling.
“The Supreme Court of the United States decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue undermines the State of Montana’s ability to provide a quality public education for every student. When funded appropriately public schools are the great equalizer in our society. Private, religious schools that discriminate against students and bleed funding away from public education should not receive tax dollars. The delegates to the Montana Constitutional Convention forty-eight years ago recognized this and acted accordingly. Montana’s students and educators deserve better.”