Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in an opinion written by Judge (and famed law-and-religion scholar) Michael McConnell, issued its opinion in a case called Colorado Christian University v. Weaver. (Click here for more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/07/24/ccu.)

 In a nutshell, the decision and opinion are fantastic.  The court held that the Constitution does not permit Colorado to discriminate against “pervasively sectarian” religiously-affiliated schools by excluding otherwise-eligible students who attend such schools from state scholarship programs.  Along the way, the court read very narrowly the Supreme Court’s decision, a few years ago, in Locke v. Davey, which some have interpreted to allow governments to exclude religious schools from education-reform and -funding programs.  That decision, Judge McConnell wrote, “does not extend to the wholesale exclusion of religious institutions and their students from otherwise neutral and generally available public support.”

There’s a lot going on in the case, but the bottom line is: Excellent. I encourage everyone interested in education reform, church-state matters, and religious freedom generally to check it out. (Link: http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/07/07-1247.pdf)