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Michael McShane: SCOTUS Hears Arguments in Blaine Amendment-Centered Case

May 11, 2017

The Show-Me Institute's Michael McShane joins the show to discuss a case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Blaine Amendments and a religious Missouri school's attempt to receive a grant.

In this episode, Michael McShane, director of education policy and the Show-Me Institute, discusses a case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in which a Missouri school with religious affiliations is challenging the state's denial of a grant the school applied for. The school sought to take part in a program that helps schools access rubber to make playgrounds safer, but the school was denied the grant because of Missouri's Blaine amendment, which prohibits public money from funding "sectarian" purposes. McShane explains what's at stake in this case, where Blaine amendments originated, and what their effect on school choice has been over the years. 

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Teresa Mull is a policy advisor for education at The Heartland Institute. @SchoolReform