Kendra Espinoza vs. Montana Department of Revenue to be heard April 6
The Montana Supreme Court will hear the case of Kendra Espinoza, Jeri Ellen Anderson and Jaime Schefer vs. Montana Department of Revenue and Mike Kadas, as director of the department at 9:30 a.m. on April 6.
The Montana Department of Revenue came to the Montana Supreme Court after it argued the decision of the Montana Eleventh Judicial District Court. The appellant argued that the Montana Constitution requires the department to prohibit aid to religious schools. According to the appeal, neither the Montana Constitution nor the United States Constitution require the state to provide aid to religious schools.
The original case revolved around parents, Kendra Espinoza, Jeri Ellen Anderson and Jaime Schaefer who enrolled their children in a school that teaches Christian values. They seek state aid in providing this religious education from a unique tax-credit program.
Montana Supreme Court case number DA 17-0492