Christen Price is an attorney for an Alliance Defending Freedom who says they received a complaint from a parent in January. Price represents two students , their parents, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, who filed a federal lawsuit against Vermont officials.
The lawsuit claims discrimination against children based on their religious status of the high schools they attend.
Vermont has a Duel Enrollment Program where high school students can take college courses with public funds.
The funds come from a town tuitioning program
According to Price, the program says students in public, secular- private, and home schools are eligible, but the state does not include private religious high schools.
The students involved currently attend Rice Memorial High School, which is owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.
According to Price, the students wanted to take college courses, but were not able to with the funds from this public program.
Price is calling this unconstitutional.
“The government is constitutionally required to treat religious people equally. In the Trinity and Lutheran decision in 2017, the Supreme Court said a state can not deny a qualifying religious entity of public benefits solely on its religious characters, said Price.”