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Loffman v. California Department of Education

California bars private religious schools and parents of their students from accessing federal and state-level special education funds and programs. NCLA filed an amicus curiae brief in Loffman v. California Department of Education, urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to block this policy, which violates faithful Californians’ First Amendment rights.

Provisions in the California Education Code only allow “nonsectarian” schools to be certified for receiving special education services. By categorically denying these resources to religious schools, California defies the First Amendment’s clause protecting the free exercise of religion. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represents Jewish parents and private schools, in Loffman v. California Dept. of Education, whose students are victimized by this rule. The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized that disqualifying otherwise eligible recipients of public benefits solely due to their religion penalizes them for exercising that fundamental right.

Mark Chenoweth
President and Chief Legal Officer

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