Virginia gubernatorial aspirant Ken Cuccinelli II [“Cuccinelli’s K-12 plan would let parents take over failing school,” Metro, Aug. 14] wants to amend the state constitution to remove language prohibiting the diversion of public funds to religious institutions, i.e., sectarian private schools. That language was the foundation of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and should remain in Virginia law. Similar provisions in the majority of state constitutions, based on the Jefferson/Madison principle of church-state separation, guarantee the religious freedoms of all Americans.

Ken Sandin, Rockville

The writer is a member of the board of directors of Americans for Religious Liberty.