A United States Supreme Court Case of Huge Importance to School-Choice in New Hampshire

Anti-school choice forces, including the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, have used the New Hampshire Constitution’s “Blaine Amendment” to oppose school-choice in New Hampshire.  New Hampshire’s Blaine Amendment reads as follows:

[No] money raised by taxation shall ever be granted or applied for the use of the schools of institutions of any religious sect or denomination. (New Hampshire Constitution, Part II, Article 83)

While phrased neutrally, Blaine Amendments were a response to Catholic immigration.  Blaine was a Congressman who proposed an amendment to the United States Constitution in 1875 that would have prevented States from providing financial aid to religious schools.  In a nutshell, public schools, at this time, were teaching generic Protestantism and Catholic immigrants wanted the government either to cease that practice or to provide funding to Catholic schools.  The Blaine Amendment was intended to prevent such funding. Continue reading