The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine cannot intervene in a federal lawsuit over school funding, a judge has decided.
In August, three Maine families challenged a decades-old statute by filing the complaint against the state Department of Education in U.S. District Court in Bangor. Local school administrative units that do not have their own secondary schools can pay a certain amount in tuition for students to attend outside public or private schools. But under Maine law that money cannot be used at religious schools, a policy that the families’ lawsuit calls discriminatory and unconstitutional.
The plaintiffs are represented by two national groups that advocate for religious liberty and school choice.