The justices of the Indiana Supreme Court are considering a case
that questions whether the state's constitution allows taxpayer
money to be used for school vouchers.
Jeff Reed of The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
tells OneNewsNow that after a superior court judge last January
upheld the law authorizing school vouchers, it was expected that
the Indiana State Teachers Association would take the case all the
way to the state Supreme Court.
"This is something that we see in a number of states when
school-choice options are proposed -- that typically, defenders of
the status quo, [defenders] of the monopolistic public education
system, try to challenge it," Reed notes. "That's been the case in
Indiana. It's been the case down in Louisiana."
While opponents argue that vouchers "directly fund activities of
a religious nature," the Foundation spokesman asserts that the
funds support parental choice, not parochial schools.
"This is why the U.S. Supreme Court deemed vouchers
constitutional under the U.S. Constitution ... because regardless
of how the money gets to the school, it's the parent making the
decision to have it sent there," Reed explains. "And so it really
comes down to parental choice."
The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of
state-funded scholarships that provide vouchers for students with
special needs so that they may attend private religious schools
that best meet those needs. In that 2011 decision, the court ruled
against two school districts that claimed the state's
Blaine Amendment was being violated.