West Virginia Supreme Court Strikes Big Win for School Choice

The West Virginia Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that blocked a public scholarship fund for use at private schools, holding that the Kanawha County Circuit Court erred when it said the school voucher law was unconstitutional.

The court held that the program is indeed constitutional, thus allowing the program to provide money to students leaving the public school system for either charter, private, religious, or home-schooling. Justices did not immediately provide their reasoning but said “a detailed opinion” will follow the decision, according to court records.

Supporters of the scholarship fund known as the Hope Scholarship program said it would help low-income families seeking alternative education, while attorneys for families who sued to keep the scholarship from taking effect argued it would divert essential funding away from public school systems. Read more…

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