A case from Maine over funding for religious schools is before the United States Supreme Court today

The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a case challenging a Maine law that bans public funding of religious schools.

The Carson v. Makin is one of the few in Maine to have been taken to the High Court over the years. Before a court with an increased interest in matters involving religion, the case could further define how a conservative 6-3 majority views the separation of church and state.

Pleadings begin at 10 a.m. and the public can listen a feed on the US Supreme Court website.

The case, filed in federal court in Bangor in 2018, challenges a 40-year-old state law under which cities without public high schools pay tuition fees so that local students can attend a public or private school. of their choice in another community as long as it is not a religious school.

The families who filed the lawsuit demanded public tuition fees for their children to attend Christian schools in Bangor and Temple Academy in Waterville. A federal judge in Maine ruled for the state in June 2019, and the 1st U.S. Court of Appeals upheld its ruling.

The legal question depends on whether, in practice, Maine prohibits public money from going to a school because of its religious status or because it would use the money to teach religion.

Below is the coverage of the case by Bangor Daily News since the complaint was filed:

– Maine’s ban on public funds for religious schools goes to U.S. Supreme Court next week, November 29, 2021

– Supreme Court to rule on whether Maine was allowed to ban public funds from religious schools 40 years ago, July 8, 2021

– The Supreme Court will take up Maine’s ban on funding religious schools, July 2, 2021

– There is a growing chance that the Supreme Court will lift Maine’s ban on funding for religious schools, June 3, 2021

– Families to Bring Religious School Tuition Fees to U.S. Supreme Court After Losing Appeal, October 29, 2020

– Federal judge rules against families seeking to fund religious schools, June 26, 2019

– Christian students in Bangor return to school as plaintiffs in lawsuit, August 29, 2018

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