While the Supreme Court considers the fate of tax-credit scholarship programs, scholarship recipients and school choice advocates celebrate.
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. After Montana blocked tax-credit donations funding private religious schools, mothers demanded justice. Kendra Espinoza and other mothers depending on scholarships to enroll their children at Stillwater Christian School filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Department of Revenue’s policy. After the Montana Supreme Court rejected the challenge, Espinoza took the case to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court isn’t expected to produce a decision on the case until June. Should they produce a favorable ruling, new states might be encouraged to launch tax-credit programs to support school choice.
As Espinoza patiently awaits a decision, thousands join her efforts across the nation! During National School Choice Week, countless advocates take action to protect parent rights to choose the best school for their child. School choice advocates hope to raise awareness for alternative K-12 education options through rallies, banquets, and documentary screenings.
In Indiana, the Institute for Quality Education (IQE) hosts an annual breakfast to highlight students who benefit from school choice initiatives. Parents, students, legislators, and school administrators eat bacon and eggs while watching student testimonials. IQE encouraged private school students to submit videos about their school choice story for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. In each submission, students explained the joys of attending private school. Tears were shed after students described private school as an escape from bullying, apathetic teachers, and unwelcoming communities. Four students were awarded scholarships to help cover tuition at their school of choice. At the close of the event, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb shared encouraging words on the issue of education policy. He pleaded with his fellow legislators to “keep pressing into” political action to protect parent rights and access to quality education.
If you want to join efforts to support school choice in Indiana, you can contact Indiana state legislators via IQE’s political action center. In the spirit of School Choice Week, take time today to raise your voice in support of students across the nation!
Looking for more ideas on how to take action? Check out EdChoice’s article on grassroots activism.