Massachusetts Fifth District Congressional candidate Caroline Colarusso is an ardent supporter of school choice as a matter of racial equity and parental choice.
Colarusso applauds the U.S Supreme Court’s recent decision in Espinoza v. Montana, saying, “the Court acted justly, ruling that a taxpayer-funded scholarship program available to students at private schools could not discriminate against students at private religious schools.” Colarusso noted that the program was based on a provision in the Montana constitution that bars government aid to any school controlled in whole or in part by any church. Massachusetts also has a 19th century Blaine Amendment which prohibits taxpayer assistance to primary or secondary schools operated by religious institutions that was enacted at a time when discrimination against migrants and Catholics was common. Congresswoman Clark is on the record opposing voucher programs that would help parents to send their kids to religious and private schools.
Colarusso believes every parent in America can identify with Kendra Espinoza. “She is a mom fighting to choose the best education for her daughter, not the one determined by her zip code. No one knows better than parents what educational setting is best for their child, especially in urban economically disadvantaged communities, or where English is a second language for students. School choice has become a racial equity issue because poorly performing government schools tend to be in minority communities, with disproportionate impacts on black and Hispanic students. “