N.M. Court Approves Private School Textbook Aid.

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Taxpayer dollars can be used to buy non-religious textbooks for private schools, the New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled.

The 3-2 decision, handed down in mid-December, reverses a 2015 ruling that determined that the textbook program runs afoul of the state constitution. The New Mexico high court was ordered to re-examine that decision in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, which approved public aid to resurface a church playground in Missouri.

"We reinstate the provisions of the [law] that allow private school students to participate in the textbook loan program," wrote Justice Barbara Vigil for the...

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