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Judge Neil M. Gorsuch is sworn in as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the White House April 10, as Gorsuch’s wife, Louise, and President Donald Trump watch. Gorsuch joins the court in time to hear a case involving a Missouri church that is being closely watched by advocates on both sides of the school choice issue.
—Evan Vucci/AP

School Choice Implications in Religious Rights Case at High Court

A dispute not directly related to education has the potential to weaken or eliminate one of the last legal barriers to vouchers for use at private religious schools. (April 17, 2017)

Spotlight on Religion in Schools

This Spotlight examines growing debates, from the classroom to the courtroom, on topics like evolution, religion in textbooks, and school choice.

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August 23, 2017 – Education Week
The justices confronted a number of important K-12 education issues, deciding cases on special education, free exercise of religion, and more.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
Faith-based schools play an integral role in upending the inequality at-risk students face, argues John Schoenig of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
A dispute not directly related to education has the potential to weaken or eliminate one of the last legal barriers to vouchers for use at private religious schools.
April 14, 2017 – Education Week
The 2016-17 high court term could prove to be the most consequential in years for K-12, including cases on special education and aid to religion.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
The state’s Supreme Court strikes down the funding mechanism for Nevada’s groundbreaking education savings account program, a little more than a year after lawmakers enacted it.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
Students can learn subject matter that might conflict with their religion without it compromising their beliefs, write professors Adam Laats and Harvey Siegel.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
Allowing the bill to come into law would be "in direct contravention to the Idaho Constitution," Gov. Butch Otter wrote in a veto message.
April 6, 2016 – Education Week
In oral arguments, the justices appeared sharply divided over whether religious schools must take action if they want to opt out of providing contraceptive services under the Affordable Care Act.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether certain faith-based organizations are protected from having to take steps to opt their employees out of contraceptive coverage.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week

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