Calling the lack of funds to religious schools unconstitutional, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America, and a few other Jewish organizations filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a case that could determine whether public funding could be given to parochial schools for secular education.
In the case of Carson V. Makin, parents of parochial-school students have argued that the Maine Department of Education discriminated against their children by denying them tuition assistance available to nonsectarian schools.
After the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Maine Department of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether the state is in violation of the free exercise of religion or the equal protection clause of the Constitution by prohibiting otherwise qualified students from state aid programs because they attend religious schools.
Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America spoke regarding the matter, saying, “Excluding religious-school students from a state aid program that benefits other private-school students is discriminatory and unconstitutional. We hope that this case will pave the way for religious-school students in Maine and elsewhere to receive state tuition aid.”
Apart from Agudah, several Jewish groups have filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the plaintiffs through the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs- which also represents the Rabbinical Council of America and Torah U’Mesorah, a consortium of some 675 Jewish day schools and yeshivahs educating some 190,000 students.