ORRINGTON — Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that may impact school choice.
That ruling has an Orrington man believing it may change the way towns in Maine pay for high school tuition.
“But it’s really about right and wrong and going forward,” said Alan Gillis, a plaintiff in a school choice case. “I’ve got grand kids likely to go to Bangor Christian, if the parents are able to, if the circuit court rules in our favor. So, it’s about other parents, other children, making it right for the future”.
The high court ruled in a Montana case that religious schools can’t be eliminated from programs that send public money to fund private education.
In Maine, many towns don’t have their own high school so they pay the tuition for students to attend nearby private schools, not including religious schools.
Gillis said he is more optimistic now the First Circuit Court of Appeals might rule in their favor in light of last week’s Supreme Court ruling.
He and his wife have joined a couple from Glenburn and Palermo in the lawsuit.