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Monday, April 4, 2011

Parents, Students, School Choice Reform Advocates 1--ACLU, NEA, AFT--0

In what can be best described as a devastating punch to the guts of the ACLU and organized teacher's labor unions nationwide, The Supreme Court has just today ruled in favor of parents, students, and school choice reform advocates in upholding  an Arizona voucher plan.

From Fox News:

"The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of an Arizona school voucher program that critics say improperly directs taxpayer funds to religious schools.Monday's 5-4 ruling expands long-standing court precedents that citizens don't have standing to legally challenge taxes they don't like simply because they're taxpayers.....The ruling drew immediate praise from Arizona groups defending the voucher system.  "Parents should be able to choose what's best for their own children. This ruling empowers parents to do just that," Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel David Cortman said in a statement. "The ACLU failed in its attempt to eliminate school choice for hundreds of thousands of students nationwide and also failed to demonstrate that it had any constitutional basis for its clients to file suit in the first place."

Full article here:

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