Supreme Court Stands up for
Students, School Access and
Decision in Espinoza v Montana Strikes Down Bigoted, Discriminatory State Laws Targeting Religious Minorities
LANSING – The Great Lakes Education Project today hailed the decision by the United States Supreme Court to strike down bigoted and discriminatory laws in states across the country that were created to limit students’ access to schools that work best for them, based on their families’ religious faith or affiliation.
The ruling in Espinoza v. Montana means more students in those states will have access to additional school choices, empowering parents to select and students to attend the school that best meets their needs. The ruling does not immediately or directly affect current Michigan law, but it signals to parents across the state the Supreme Court’s willingness to defend their constitutional rights, and their right to choose the schools that best meet the needs of their children.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling in Espinoza is a win for parents, for students, and for diversity,” said Beth DeShone, Executive Director of GLEP. “Students deserve schools that meet their needs, no matter their faith or family background, and no child deserves to be discriminated against based on his or her religion.”