2016 – Currently, 19 states across America have statewide programs that provide public funding to support children’s attendance in private schools. These state programs are located in each region of the nation, but they are concentrated in the South. Nine Southern states have enacted legislation that directly or indirectly funds private schools.
This phenomenon is occurring more than 60 years after the United States Supreme Court issued their ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, declaring racial segregation in the nation’s public schools “inherently unequal” and a violation of the US Constitution. Brown, in tandem with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Elementary and Secondary School Act of 1965, abolished the legalized separation of white and black students and prevented taxpayer dollars from going to de jure segregated public schools.