Post Carson v. Makin: How Can We Protect Public Education?

Webinar Kicks Off ELC 50th Anniversary Celebrations

In 2023, Education Law Center will celebrate 50 years of innovative advocacy to protect and strengthen the right to public education for the nation’s school children. ELC is marking this milestone with a webinar series that kicks off with “Post Carson v. Makin: How Can We Protect Public Education?

Register for the webinar, scheduled for October 6 at 3-4 p.m. ET, here.

This webinar, co-sponsored by ELC’s Public Funds Public Schools campaign, will focus on the national implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing religious schools to participate in Maine’s public school system and what advocates can do to prevent any further intrusion of religion into the nation’s public schools.

The Carson opinion issued by the Supreme Court in June addressed Maine’s exclusion of private religious schools from the state’s longstanding program to deliver public education in districts with no public schools by allowing them to pay tuition to private schools. Read the ELC/PFPS statement on the decision here.

Post Carson v. Makin: How Can We Protect Public Education? will feature:

  • Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey and Assistant Attorney General Sarah Forster, who litigated the Carson case and are navigating the implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling for Maine’s students and schools. [ADD THEIR BIOS]

The discussion will be moderated by Public Funds Public Schools Director Jessica Levin. PFPS, a collaboration of ELC and the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a national campaign to ensure public funds for education are not diverted to private schools through vouchers and similar programs. PFPS filed amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs throughout the Carson litigation, including in the Supreme Court, and is involved in litigation
to protect public schools from privatization across the country.

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