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How a Supreme Court Ruling on Playground Covering May Pave the Way for School Vouchers

Before she was appointed U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos spent the better half of two decades on an expensive, dogged crusade to bring school vouchers to her home state of Michigan. Bankrolled by the limitless financial resources of the DeVos Family Foundation, her efforts helped fuel other school choice initiatives Рnamely lifting caps on charter school expansion Рbut no amount of political contributions or slick marketing campaigns was enough to do the same for vouchers.

So what got in the way?

Aside from the fact that the idea of funneling public taxpayer money to pay tuition for private schools, including religious institutions, is an enormously unpopular and harmful idea, a sizeable¬†share of the credit has to go to a provision in Michigan’s constitution.