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Tim Benson - Are Blaine Amendments on Their Way Out?

April 24, 2017

Heartland Institute Policy Analyst Tim Benson talks about the Blaine Amendments, what they are, and how they've been a constant impediment to advancing education choice.

Blaine amendments are found in the constitutions of 37 states, but what exactly are they? In this episode of The Heartland Institute's Education Podcast, policy analyst Tim Benson explains how the Blaine amendments were borne out of 19th-century anti-Catholic bigotry, and continue today to complicate the establishment of such programs as education savings accounts, vouchers, and tax-credit scholarships, because school choice opponents say the amendments make it unconstitutional to spend taxpayer money on "sectarian" schools. Benson also talks about a case being heard before the Supreme Court which could make Blaine amendments null and void. 

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Teresa Mull is a policy advisor for education and an editor at The Heartland Institute.
tmull@heartland.org
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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
TBenson@heartland.org @HeartlandGR