Liberty Justice Center's School Choice Cases: Helping Students Thrive

School choice

Nobody should stop you from sending your child to the school that’s best suited to your family.

About the issue

Every child deserves a high-quality education, no matter how much money their parents make. School choice programs open the doors of opportunity for children to experience the transformative power of learning right here, right now. The Liberty Justice Center represents parents and reform advocates in legal cases that expand educational freedom. We work to ensure every child has access to a great education and can attend a school that is the right fit for them and regularly represent families across the country who face obstacles to exercising educational choice.

The Facts

Helping students thrive

In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue that parents can use publicly funded vouchers to send their children to religious-based institutions. Justice Alito’s agreement with the decision mentioned the argument made by Liberty Justice Center in its amicus brief filed on behalf of the American Federation for Children.

The Espinoza ruling has not opened up school choice for everyone. In Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina, politicians and union-like organizations seek to prevent or halt scholarship programs for children from low-income families.

Attorneys from the Liberty Justice Center are representing school leaders and families to protect these critical programs.

Helping you do what’s best for your children

We’re working across America to help families access the education they deserve. Join the fight

Resources

A Public Funding Ban for Private Colleges ‘Born in Bigotry’? – Inside Higher Ed

South Carolina private colleges are challenging a state constitutional amendment prohibiting public funding for religious or other private educational institutions.

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Federal lawsuit seeks to remove Blaine Amendment from South Carolina Constitution – The Center Square

The lawsuit argues the amendment discriminates against Black residents and Catholics by withholding education funding from nonpublic schools in South Carolina.

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Lawsuit filed to remove post-Civil War amendment from SC’s constitution – NBC 2 Charleston

A federal lawsuit has been filed to remove what religious schools and independent colleges say is a racist and bigoted amendment from the state’s constitution.

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Groups file federal lawsuit asking that amendment ‘born in bigotry and prejudice’ be stricken from SC constitution – FOX Carolina

The lawsuit claims the amendment discriminates against African Americans and religious groups by “unfairly withholding education funding for independent schools in the state.”

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