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Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn

Location: Arizona
Court Type: U.S. Supreme Court
Status: Closed (Judgment)
Last Update: April 4, 2011

What's at Stake

Whether Arizona’s use of tax credits funneled through state-certified and state-supervised non-profits to award student scholarships based on religious criteria and for use in religious schools violates the Establishment Clause.

Summary

Arizona has created a unique system of funding religious instruction by allowing state-certified and state-supervised non-profits that exist for no other purpose to distribute taxpayer funds obtained through tax credits for student scholarships. A substantial portion of these taxpayer funds are distributed on the basis of religious criteria for use in religious schools. The ACLU represents a group of taxpayers who have challenged this system as a violation of the Establishment Clause.

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