Thursday, April 7, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court upholds school choice tax credits in Arizona case

In a decision that likely bodes well for a similar program in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court today threw out a challenge to Arizona's Individual School Tuition Organization Tax Credit Program.

By a 5-4 vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority, the court said those challenging the program had no legal standing to do so and that the law doesn't violate the First Amendment's prohibition against establishing a state religion.

The program provides tax credits for individuals who contribute to non-profit organizations that provide scholarships for disadvantaged students to attend private schools.

Florida's program gives tax credits to corporations who make such contributions.

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