Lawsuit tests 1970 ban on public aid for private schools

Mar 14, 2018

Lawsuit filed

A lawsuit has been filed to challenge Michigan's ban on public aid for private schools.

The ban has been in place since voters added it to the state Constitution in 1970.

A judge recently cited it while blocking the state from giving $2.5 million to private schools for fire drills, inspections and other state requirements.

The Michigan Supreme Court declined to intervene.

The lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of a group that includes a Roman Catholic school in Grand Rapids, parents and lawmakers.

The lawsuit says the 1970 ban was deeply rooted in anti-Catholic sentiment.

Critics say it violates the U.S. Constitution in a number of ways, including equal protection and free speech.