Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Second Lawsuit Challenges Exclusion of Parochial Schools From Montana Tax Credit Plan

As previously reported, earlier this month a state court lawsuit was filed in Montana challenging an administrative rule that excludes religiously affiliated schools from participating in the state's new law that provides state income tax credits for contributions to student scholarship organizations.  This week a second challenge was filed, this time a lawsuit in federal court brought by parents and by the Association of Christian Schools International. (Pacific Legal Foundation press release.) The complaint (full text) in Armstrong v. Kadas, (D MT, filed 12/28/2015), alleges that enforcement of the administrative rule violates the U.S. Constitution's establishment, free exercise and equal protection clauses, as well as Montana law. Great Falls Tribune reports on the lawsuit.