ALEC in Deseret News: Implications of Supreme Court’s Ruling in Carson v. Makin are Huge
The ruling of Carson v Makin makes it easier for state legislatures to pass comprehensive programs in educational freedom.
Andrew Handel, ALEC Education and Workforce Development Task Force Director, was recently featured in the Deseret News speaking about education freedom as it relates to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Carson v. Makin.
The implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Carson v. Makin are huge for both America’s public schools and the separation between church and state.
The Supreme Court’s ruling has enormous implications for public schools and the separation between church and state. The verdict’s significance is education freedom, a catchall for various programs, including school of choice, vouchers, and public funding of private, religious schools. Educational freedom will benefit children and energize the educational system, encouraging schools, both public and others, to become better. Proponents of education freedom say that the justices’ decision explicitly supports religious schools. The Carson v Makin ruling didn’t say that states have to fund religious schools.
Proponents of educational freedom say that the justices’ decision doesn’t explicitly support religious schools. “The Carson … ruling didn’t say that states have to fund religious schools,” says Andrew Handel, director of the Education and Workforce Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative nonprofit that drafts model legislation to share with state legislatures across the country.
Asked if, in the wake of Carson, there might be a flurry of state legislation that would secure states’ rights to channel public funds toward private, religious schools, Handel says that such legislation isn’t necessary. “That being said, I think that the case makes it easier for state legislatures to pass expansive programs in educational freedom.”