Both tax credit and voucher programs are school choice options for Rhode Island. Given that Rhode Island courts adhere to federal Establishment Clause precedent when interpreting the state’s Compelled Support Clause, it is likely that the Zelman decision, with its distinction between aiding students and aiding the schools they choose to attend, will be persuasive.

Model Legislation: Education Savings Account, Parental Choice Scholarship Program (Universal Eligibility), Parental Choice Scholarship Program (Means-Tested Eligibility), Special Needs Scholarship Program, Foster Child Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship, Great Schools Tax Credit Program, Family Education Tax Credit Program