Glenburn and Palermo, two small towns in Maine, would normally be of little concern to New Yorkers. But a decision by the United States Supreme Court in June could prove very interesting for this state.
The court’s conservative majority has further breached the wall of separation between church and state that the framers of the US Constitution erected in the First Amendment. And some fear it could lead to more decisions forcing taxpayers to fund parochial schools.
Less than half of Maine’s districts have a high school, and the state has long chosen to provide tuition assistance for students in these areas to attend state-approved private schools. The state, however, is excluding religious schools, prompting a lawsuit on behalf of two families who wanted reimbursement to send their children to parochial schools.