Court Ruling on Vouchers

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A landmark ruling Thursday by the nation's highest court may bring new life to a once hotly debated issue here in Michigan, school vouchers.

The Supreme Court today gave the "O.K." to the use of taxpayer-funded school vouchers, allowing parents to send children to private schools.

The ruling stems from a case in Cleveland, Ohio in which parents are provided tax-supported education stipends for private schools.

State Superintendent of schools Tom Watkins say the ruling has no effect here. Michigan's constitution says no public funds will be used towards private schools.

Officials for the Michigan Catholic Conference say they are in favor of school vouchers, but more importantly the freedom of choice for parents. They say everyone should be able to choose what school they attend.

In November of 2000, Michigan voters defeated a proposal by 70 percent that would have allowed school vouchers.