Advocates Defend School Choice Before the U.S. Supreme Court
School choice will again take center stage in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, November 3, at 10 AM EDT as the constitutionality of a scholarship tax credit program in Arizona is argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case, Winn v. Garriott, focuses on Arizona’s Individual School Tuition Organization Tax Credit Program, which allows individuals to claim tax credits for making contributions to nonprofit organizations that provide private school K-12 scholarships to predominantly disadvantaged children.
The program was first challenged on constitutional grounds by a variety of special-interest groups more than a decade ago and was upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court in 1997. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) then challenged it again, and finally found a receptive forum in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which struck it down. Nine states and a multitude of civic organizations, including the American Federation for Children, filed amicus briefs in favor of the program earlier this year, resulting in the high court’s decision to hear arguments on Wednesday.