School Choice

Court: NH Tuition Tax Credits Can't Include Religious Schools

Secular schools are fine, though


In New Hampshire, a program that gives businesses tax credits for funding scholarships that send students to private or public schools has been declared unconstitutional. However, a judge says it can continue as long as none of the money goes to religious schools.

The program's supporters argue it provides educational choice to low-income students. Opponents call it a back-door voucher system that diverts taxpayer money to religious schools.

In a ruling Monday, a judge sided with the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the program on behalf of a group of taxpayers.