Religious schools all across America are providing future generations with the high-quality academics and values-based education so many families are seeking. But not enough parents are able to afford to send their children to these schools. Pioneer Institute believes all children deserve access to these and other nonpublic academic options, through tax credit scholarships that help meet tuition costs. A June 30, 2020, Supreme Court decision, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, dealt a severe blow to Blaine Amendments, anti-religious legal barriers in 37 states, that are blocking these programs. Thanks to the plaintiffs, courageous Montana moms including Kendra Espinoza, who took their fight all the way to the Supreme Court, there’s hope that we can end these Blaine Amendments and help potentially millions of children attend excellent schools. Learn more about policy opportunities and challenges below.
Worcester, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, and other Gateway Cities in Massachusetts have large waiting lists for charter schools plus room to expand under state caps. What’s needed are ways to curb obstructionist behavior that is blocking that expansion.