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Supreme Court will hear Maine school choice case

The families from Maine want to use a state tuition program to send their children to religious schools.
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Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 11:21 AM EDT
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ARLINGTON, Virginia (WABI) - Friday the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a potentially landmark case challenging a Maine law regarding state tuition for religious school attendance.

That law bans families from an otherwise generally available student-aid program if they choose to send their children to schools that teach religion.

The town tuition program currently allows families who live in towns that don’t have public schools to receive tuition to send their children to the school of their choosing.

This applies to public or private schools, but excludes religious schools.

Three families from Glenburn, Orrington and Palermo filed the Carson v. Makin in 2018.

They want the state to pay to send their children to Christian schools in Bangor and Waterville are sued to try to change the law.

TV5 spoke with Amy Carson, the mother of one of those families, who says she’s pleased with the court’s decision.

”I was really surprised because I know they said it could happen but it’s been a couple years since this whole thing started. It will be nice to have a resolution. And it would be really good if it was obviously on our side but to have an end is good as well,” said Carson.

The case will be heard during the 2021-22 session, which begins in October.

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