Supreme Court To Release Tax Credit Scholarship Ruling

Aug 27, 2014

The Supreme Court will release its ruling later this morning on whether a small but controversial school choice program is constitutional. 

Under the 2012 law, businesses that donate to private scholarship organizations can receive an 85 percent tax credit. The organizations then give scholarships to students attending private schools, homeschool or an out-of-district public school. Seventy percent of the scholarships go to public school students who leave the public school system for another option.

A lower court ruling over a year ago said the program was diverting public funds into religious schools, but allowed the other scholarships to continue.

So far only two scholarship organizations have signed up to participate, and as of June they had raised less than $60,000 in scholarships this year.