Following a mixed bag of rulings, some of which have vexed President Donald Trump, the White House declared one recent U.S. Supreme Court decision a “historic win.”
Trump made the statement in response to a 5-4 ruling on Tuesday in support of allowing a Montana tax-credit scholarship program to use its funds for tuition payments at religious institutions, as Fox News reported.
“A civil rights issue”
The state had previously barred religious schools from being eligible for the scholarships, which prompted the legal battle that escalated to the nation’s highest court.
Trump quickly tweeted his support of the ruling, which he dubbed “a historic win for families who want SCHOOL CHOICE NOW!”
He went on to echo previous statements, calling school choice “a civil rights issue” and declaring that “no parent should have to send their child to a failing school.”
“Removes one of the biggest obstacles”
The president vowed that he would “continue to fight for School Choice and will always defend Religious Freedom!”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a statement with a similar message, affirming that the administration is celebrating the decision, “which removes one of the biggest obstacles to better educational opportunities for all children.”
Noting the perceived “insidious bias” against religious schools in general, McEnany wrote that any laws “that condition public benefits, like need-based academic scholarships, on religious status demonstrate state-sanctioned hostility to religious, pressure people and institutions to censor their religious views, and stigmatize disfavored religions.”
“Once a State decides to do so”
Chief Justice John Roberts explained the decision in a majority opinion.
“A State need not subsidize private education,” he wrote, according to Fox. “But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious.”
The president made many of the same points his administration reiterated this week during remarks last month while announcing a federal police-reform proposal.
At that time, he referred to school choice as “the civil rights of all time in this country,” declaring that “all children have to have access to quality education.” This week’s Supreme Court decision appears to have reinforced that freedom for families across Montana.