Court: Michigan Private Schools Can Use Tax Dollars for Safety
The three-to-three decision upheld the findings of a lower court.
Lansing, Michigan – Michigan’s Supreme Court has ruled that a law giving tax dollars to private schools so they can comply with health and safety orders should stand.
The court upheld a lower court’s decision about the funding because the justices were split evenly: three were in favor of letting the appeals court decision stand and three were opposed, reports the Associated Press.
The case was over $5 million that was authorized by lawmakers. Those opposed to the funding argued it conflicted with the state’s constitution, which bars public monies or property from being used to aid or maintain private schools.
The three justices in favor of providing the funding to private schools said the provision was acceptable because the money wouldn’t pay for “educational services.” Those justices who opposed the funding argued the aid was of a “direct nature.”
The Court of Claims will now hear the case, reports AP.