by David Safier
Though supporters argued that students and their parents were the true beneficiaries of the programs, the Supreme Court's unanimous ruling said the programs still tripped up against the Constitution's prohibition against appropriating money for private education.
"These programs transfer state funds directly from the state treasury to private schools. That the checks or warrants fist [sic] pass through the hands of parents is immaterial," Justice Michael D. Ryan wrote.
The prohibition is clear, Ryan wrote. "The framers plainly intended that Arizona have a strong public school system to provide mandatory education."
“no tax shall be laid or appropriation of public money made in aid of any church, or private or sectarian school, or any public service corporation."
There you have it. Private schools are rolled together with churches in this clause.