New Mexico Religious Schools State Aid Contested

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) --Two New Mexico residents are challenging a
40-year-old law of providing textbooks to religious schools.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a petition filed before the state Supreme Court claims that more than 40 percent of the money the state spends on textbooks for private schools goes to religious schools. The average total for the previous two fiscal years was
approximately $1.8 million a year.

Named in the lawsuit are Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King.

The plaintiffs in the case are Cathy Moses, of Santa Fe, and Paul Weinbaum, of Las Cruces. They have been past participants in
other church-state lawsuits, including a lawsuit aimed at removing
crosses from the Las Cruces city logo. That suit was dismissed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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