Alan and Judy Gillis

Alan and Judy Gillis have lived in Orrington, Maine, a tuitioning town, for 25 years. Their youngest daughter, Isabella, is currently a junior at Bangor Christian Schools. Isabella has previously attended public schools, but Alan and Judy chose Bangor Christian because the school’s worldview aligns with their sincerely held religious beliefs. If the Gillis family had selected a non-religious private school for Isabella, the Town of Orrington would pay her tuition to the private school. But because Alan and Judy have chosen a religious school for their daughter, Maine prohibits the town from paying Isabella’s tuition to Bangor Christian Schools.

  • August 20, 2018    |   Educational Choice

    Maine School Choice III

    Federal lawsuit seeks to end religious discrimination and vindicate parental liberty

    On behalf of three Maine families, the Institute for Justice (IJ) and the First Liberty Institute (FLI) have filed a legal challenge to Maine’s exclusion of religious options from the state’s school choice program. IJ represents families from three small “tuitioning towns” in Maine—Orrington, Glenburn, and Palermo—towns where the local school district offers high school…

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