A Florida court just threw out an appeal brought by Americans United and its allies challenging a school-voucher-like program that provides taxpayer support for religious organizations. As disappointing as that outcome is, it’s doubly frustrating to see a second Sunshine State court fail to even consider the merits of the case.
A coalition of religious leaders and public school administrators should be permitted to challenge a Florida program that violates the state constitution by offering tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
A Florida program that offers tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools violates state constitutional provisions prohibiting tax-subsidized aid to religious schools and guaranteeing a uniform public education, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
For years, anti-public school interest groups that favor privatization schemes have smacked their lips and salivated as they’ve contemplated the demise of public education.
But a funny thing happened: The people who actually rely on public education – America’s parents – aren’t buying it.