New Hampshire’s Supreme Court has left intact a state law that creates a business education tax credit to fund scholarships to private schools.
In its unanimous ruling Thursday, the justices vacated a lower court ruling that deemed unconstitutional part of the law making religious school students eligible for scholarships.
The program was passed in 2012 by Republican lawmakers who overrode a veto by then-Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat.
Gov. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, made repeal of the law a priority, but Republicans blocked repeal efforts.
Program supporters said it promotes educational freedom and choice for low-income families. Opponents said taxpayer money shouldn’t go to private schools, and said it’s unconstitutional to divert public funds to religious schools.