On June 21, 2022, in a 6-3 decision the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Carson v. Makin requiring the state of Maine’s tuition assistance program to pay for religious education at private religious schools. The program was designed to pay for rural students to attend a private school, if their town does not offer a public school option.
The ruling in Carson v. Makin means Maine taxpayer dollars will fund private, religious schools. Such schools are allowed to discriminate… against LGGTQ+ students and their parents, against atheists, or against anyone else under the guise of religious freedom.
This decision will result in far-reaching consequences for both public education and for church-state separation, and infringes upon the liberties of those who do not conform to a certain, privileged notion of religious thought.. It’s perhaps best summarized by Justice Sotomayor’s dissent: