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November 2, 2010
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ACLU To Appear Before Supreme Court On Wednesday To Challenge Discriminatory Arizona School Tuition Program

State-Certified Tuition Disbursement Organizations Discriminate Based On Religion

WASHINGTON - November 2 - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona will be before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, November 3 to challenge an Arizona school tuition program that awards most of the state-funded, private school scholarships on an unconstitutional religiously discriminatory basis.
Under the challenged program, Arizona scholarships are awarded by School Tuition Organizations (STOs). These organizations are certified and closely supervised by the state and financed exclusively by state income-tax revenues. The scholarships are funded through state income-tax credits that are given for payments that taxpayers make to the STOs. More than half of the scholarships are awarded by STOs that discriminate based on religious criteria and require students to attend religious schools in order to receive scholarships.

More information about the case is available online at: 
Oral arguments in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, a Supreme Court case that challenges whether Arizona's use of tax credits funneled through state-certified and state-supervised organizations to award student scholarships based on religious criteria and for use in religious schools violates the Establishment Clause.

Attorneys will be available for comment following arguments.

Paul Bender, a law professor at Arizona State University's law school and former U.S. Deputy Solicitor General, will be arguing the case on behalf of the ACLU of Arizona. Other attorneys on the case who will be in attendance are Steven R. Shapiro, Legal Director of the ACLU; Daniel Mach, Director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief and Dan Pochoda, Legal Director of the ACLU of Arizona.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
10:00 a.m. EDT
Supreme Court of the United States
Washington, D.C.



The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.


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