The American Ethical Union believes it is essential at this time to reaffirm its position opposing the use of public funds for nonpublic schools in the light of continued attempts by groups favoring such aid.
Various devices such as payment for teachers, secular services, tuition reimbursement, the voucher system, for record keeping [sic] - and now tuition credit have been proposed. The first five methods have individually been declared unconstitutional by Federal District Courts or the U.S. Supreme Court. The tuition credit method now proposed in Congress would in effect:
For the foregoing reasons and the fact that this act would violate the constitutional principle of separation between Church and State, the American Ethical Union wishes to record its opposition to tax and credits or any other direct or indirect aid to non-public schools, and urges that moneys available be used to strengthen the public school system.
Proposed by the PAC [Public Affairs Committee] of the AEU
* Resolution submitted too late for Assembly.
Source: AEU 65th Annual Assembly Memo [job08scan]
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