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Here Are The Top Ten Church-State Stories From 2016

In late December, you start seeing “Top Ten” lists for the year that was. So without further ado, here are the Top Ten Church-State Stories from 2016 (in my humble opinion, at least):

Nevada Supreme Court Blocks Implementation Of School Voucher Plan

The Nevada Supreme Court in September permanently blocked fun­ding for a massive statewide school voucher program, ruling in two cases, one of which was sponsored by Americans United and its allies.

One of the cases, Duncan v. Nev­ada Office of the State Treasurer, was brought by Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, the American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm Covington & Burling, LLP on behalf of five Nev­ada citizens.

Nevada Supreme Court Freezes Funding For Massive ‘School Choice’ Scheme – Thanks To Americans United And Its Allies

The Nevada Supreme Court just decided to permanently block funding for a massive statewide school voucher program, which is great news for supporters of both church-state separation and public education.

In two cases decided today, the Nevada high court struck down S.B. 302, the law that created a voucher program to divert taxpayer dollars from public schools to private schools.

Victory: Americans United, Allies Obtain Ruling Permanently Enjoining Nevada Voucher Program

State Supreme Court Freezes Funding For Massive ‘School Choice’ Scheme

The Nevada Supreme Court was correct to permanently block funding for a massive statewide school voucher program, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In two cases decided today, the Nevada high court struck down S.B. 302, the law that created a voucher program to divert taxpayer dollars from public schools to private schools.

AU Legal Director Argues Nevada Voucher Case

A new voucher scheme in Nevada violates the state constitution by directing taxpayer funds to sectarian schools, AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee told the Nevada Supreme Court in July.

AU and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada are representing five state residents in the Duncan v. State of Nevada case. The groups cite the “no-aid” clause of the state constitution, which forbids giving tax funds to religious institutions. A lower court upheld the program, but AU and the ACLU appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.

A Religion Tax In Nevada?: Americans United Tells State High Court Not To Force Taxpayers To Pay For Sectarian Education

Last summer, Nevada’s governor, Brian Sandoval, signed S.B. 302 into law, establishing the largest school-voucher program in the country.

AU Legal Director Argues Against Voucher Program In Nevada

Nevada’s new voucher program will lead to direct taxpayer funding of religious schools in violation of the Nev­ada Constitution, an Americans Uni­ted attorney recently told a state judge.

During an oral argument held in December, AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee told a Clark County court that it’s perfectly acceptable for parents to send their children to religious schools – as long as they pay for it themselves.

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