On March 18, the West Virginia Senate passed a landmark education bill to create the nation's largest education savings account (ESA) program, which would let parents withdraw their children from public schools and allow them to take the funds that would have been spent by the state and spend them on private school tuition, tutoring, or homeschooling expenses.
Oral arguments were made last week in a Supreme Court case about equitable treatment of tax dollars for private schools. The case was brought by Kendra Espinoza, a Montana single mother struggling to keep her children in better (private) schools and thwarted by a state rule banning tax credit scholarships. This article by friend Star Parker summarizes immediate and broader issues in play, in particular for minority parents in districts with failing schools. We anticipate an outcome in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue that upholds religious and education freedom.
Liberal progressives love to swing the axe of government tyranny over individual choice—particularly against people of faith. Anti-faith bias is flourishing amidst Democrat presidential candidates. Senator Elizabeth Warren has decided that if she becomes president, she will give herself the right to pick which private schools receive federal subsidies and which private school donors are allowed deductions. She has a simple calculation—if your school teaches “traditional family values” you are excluded. Liberals like Ms. Warren yell “separation of church and state!” while using government to punish church.