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Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing tax revenue to fund private school scholarship programs

THURSDAY, APRIL 07, 2011 15:30 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Arizona program that applies tax revenue toward the funding of scholarships for private and religious schools, The Capital Times reports.

The decision allows individuals to give money to a state-run nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to Arizona students. Furthermore, donors are then able to take a tax credit of up to $1,000.

Experts indicate that this will likely usher in more programs of this kind for states seeking to use public money for students to attend private and religious schools. Many claim that these schools may be more effective at educating young people than public institutions.

"I like targeted voucher programs that focus on families who do not have the means to get out of low performing schools," John Witte, a professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told the news source. "You are providing a resource for people who could never afford private school otherwise, and that choice is a good thing."

According to the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 49.4 million students attend public elementary and secondary schools. In addition, almost 6 million are expected to participate in private school programs this fall.