The Star-Ledger Editorial Board responds to the news the ACLU has filed objections with the NJ State Legislature because the state just awarded over $10 million in taxpayer funds to a private school in Lakewood, Beth Medrash Govoha, that only accepts Orthodox Jewish young men:
When it comes to schools, church-and-state separation isn’t the clear line we like to think it is. New Jersey gives money to parochial schools for busing, textbooks, nurses and special education. Students get government aid to attend religious schools. And many people support vouchers, which would pay private-school tuition for kids leaving failing public schools.
Similarly, the current debate over state grants to church-run schools isn’t clear-cut. But this is a good starting point: Tax dollars shouldn’t go to schools that discriminate on religious grounds.