Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy

(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)

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In 2015, Montana legislators did a marvelous thing: They enacted a tax-credit scholarship program to enable low-income families to send their kids to private schools. But the agency implementing the law decided — in clear conflict with the text and purpose of the law — that the scholarships could not be used at religious schools, which make up the majority of Montana’s private schools. Last month, a state court ruled the agency made a “mistake of law,” clearing the way for the program to function as intended. Read more here.