The Supreme Court handed down its decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue today, ruling that states providing scholarship programs for students attending private schools must include religious schools, even if the state’s Constitution prohibits state funding of religion. This is a major blow to the separation of church and state, the 5-4 split demonstrates once again the importance of nominating Supreme Court justices who will defend the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which continues to be watered down in favor of an ever expansive interpretation of the Free Exercise clause. Watch this analysis of the case presented by attorneys at American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, and Freedom From Religion Foundation:
Secular Democrats of America opposes vouchers and all voucher-like schemes. Betsy DeVos has consistently undermined public education as Secretary of Education and hailed this decision as a victory. We need an education policy ensures universal access to a quality public education. We also support evidence-based policy, and there is plenty of evidence to show that voucher programs do not improve educational outcomes for students.