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What does Carson v. Makin mean for ed leaders?

6/22/2022 | Naaz Modan

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Brings to question discrimination

There are also concerns that the decision could lead to public tax dollars supporting attendance at schools that discriminate against certain students.

“This is totally unacceptable,” said John King, former education secretary under President Barack Obama and current candidate for Maryland governor, in a social media post. “Public money should only be for public schools, and this decision will open the door for your tax dollars to be sent to schools that discriminate against their students.”

The Maine schools at question in the Carson case, Temple Academy and Bangor Christian Schools, discriminate against LGBTQ students, public school advocates say.

Associate Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in his dissent that these schools “have admissions policies that allow them to deny enrollment to students based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion, and both schools require their teachers to be Born Again Christians.”

Justices in the majority opinion did not address the details of publicly funding schools with such policies.

Dunn, however, said future cases may address these issues.

“That’s going to have to be worked out in future litigation … what kind of strings can still be attached to public funding,” Dunn said. “So that might be where the future battle lines are going to be drawn.”