“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4
Yesterday morning, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled on the lengthy legal consideration of the Educational Opportunity Account (EOA) Act’s constitutionality. The Kentucky legislature passed the EOA back in 2021 and almost immediately school choice opponents challenged the law in court.
This led to the Franklin County Circuit Court striking the bill down and ultimately to the Kentucky Supreme Court taking up the case. The EOA was designed to help cover various educational expenses for Kentucky families from a privately funded needs-based program. Also, the program offered tuition assistance to help students attend PK-12 non-public schools in counties with more than 90,000 people.
Unfortunately, yesterday the Supreme Court in a unanimous 7-0 decision ruled against the school choice program. Make no mistake about it, this decision will cost thousands of students in our Commonwealth from being able to get the education they need to reach their full potential.
Parents across Kentucky should have the authority and right to make decisions regarding their children’s educational needs, and, unfortunately, this decision by the Supreme Court restricts that fundamental right. Supreme Courts in many states have passed similar measures making this decision by the KY Supreme Court unparalleled.
The need for educational choice in Kentucky remains urgent, especially after this Court ruling, and that is why the fight to ensure educational choice in our Commonwealth remains a grave priority.
LET US PRAY…
Father, please empower the Kentucky legislature this session to pass measures that will open pathways for educational choice in our state. Lord, help the General Assembly to act in ways that protect and uphold parental rights as a fundamental right. Father, help us to remain steadfast in our efforts to continually stand for Your truth in Kentucky. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.