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#FactFriday: Blaine Amendments are found in 37 state constitutions


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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear a case in 2020 that is encouraging for school choice advocatesEspinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is one in a series of cases questioning the constitutionality of state Blaine amendments. These provisions, found in 37 state constitutions, prevent the flow of public money to religious institutions. While Blaine amendments haven’t halted school choice in every state, they have informed its evolution. A decision in the Espinoza case could potentially clarify a longstanding split in the lower courts regarding whether public education funds flow to families or to the schools that children attend. 

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