Troy and Angela Nelson

Troy and Angela Nelson operate a small family farm in Palermo, Maine that has been in the Nelson family for generations. They have two children, Alicia and Royce. Alicia, a sophomore, currently attends the private, non-religious Erskine Academy, while Royce, a seventh-grader, attends Temple Academy, a private, Christian school located in nearby Waterville. Royce will continue to attend Temple when he begins high school, but because Temple is a religious school, the Nelsons will not be eligible to receive tuition from the town for Royce’s tuition, even though they do receive tuition for Alicia while she attends Erskine Academy.

  • 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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