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Written by John R. Vile, last updated on December 2, 2023

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More states are allowing charter schools as an alternative to public schools in arrangements in which the charter schools are funded by the government, but operated by private entities. Because they are funded by government, do they have the same restrictions as a normal public school on promoting religion because of the First Amendment's establishment clause? Previous court rulings have allowed school vouchers for religious schools and individual tax credits for religious school tuition. (Photo is an official White House photo of First Lady Melania Trump sharing a moment with students at the Excel Academy Public Charter School on April 5, 2017, in Washington, D.C.)

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