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Judge says state can't give tax dollars to private schools

Posted at 1:49 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 13:49:45-04

A judge has struck down a Michigan law that provides millions of dollars in state aid for private schools.

Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens issued her ruling Thursday. Public school groups had challenged $5 million appropriations spread over two years to private schools for fire drills, inspections and other state requirements.

The judge says the spending -- which was frozen during the lawsuit -- violates the Michigan Constitution's ban on aid for non-public schools.