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Kelsey and Dusty Jones walk with their daughter, Cali, at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, Mont. Three different parents at Stillwater are plaintiffs in a case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court over Montana’s tax-credit scholarship program.
Tailyr Irvine for Education Week

High Court Case Tests Religious Schools' Use of Tax-Credit Scholarships

A national debate over whether public funds may go to faith-based schools is high on the list of cases before the Supreme Court in the coming term, stemming from a dispute in Montana. (September 30, 2019)


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