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A major victory Today, The U. S. Supreme Court effectively killed constitutional provision in 38 states that bar taxpayer aid to parochial schools. The vote was 5 to 4 with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the decision for the court's conservative justices, NPR Legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg reports. The court's decision is the latest in a Siri's of recent rulings that have lowered the traditional wall separating church and state and requiring government entities to treat religious and non religious institutions. Maury equally At issue in Today's case was a decision by the Montana Supreme Court that struck down a tax subsidy for both religious and nonreligious private schools. The Montana court said the subsidy violated a state constitutional provision banning any state aid to religious schools, whether direct or indirect, But writing for the U. S Supreme Court majority today, chief Justice Roberts said the state court had it backwards. A state need not subsidised private education, but once it decides to do so it cannot disqualify. Some private schools because they are religious, he said. Thus the subsidy enacted by the state Legislature for all private school students must stand. Experts on both sides of the issue, agreed that the practical effect of today's decision is to neuter state constitutional provision in most states that until now have to one degree or another. Hard state aid to religious schools. Francisco no grown counsel for the National School Boards Association characterized the status of these state constitutional provision. Now this way, I think near death would be a good way of describing them. Dick Comer is senior attorney for the Institute for Justice, which brought today's case on behalf of several parents. With Children in religious schools in Montana, the legal impediments to effective school choice programs. Are now removed and it's upto the Legislature's now to move forward. Publicly funded voucher and tax credit programs currently provide aid to private schools in 26 states, according to John Schilling, president of one of the country's leading school choice programs. The American Federation for Children. Well, we would like to see is state policymakers really step up to the plate here? On expand school choice programs onto enacted in the 24 states that don't have these programs. Until now. These aid programs mainly benefiting private religious schools have accounted for a relatively small amount 2.6 billion in aid, according to shilling. But school choice advocates, including the Trump administration's Education secretary, Betsy DeVos. I've pushed hard to increase the funding for what DeVos calls faith based

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