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Mississippi judge blocks private schools' tax-funded grants

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has blocked a state law that put $10 million of federal pandemic relief money into infrastructure grants for private schools. The ruling by Hinds County Chancery Judge Crystal Wise Martin is a victory for Parents for Public Schools. The nonprofit group sued to block the program, arguing that the funding gives private schools a competitive advantage over public schools.

The lawsuit cites Section 208 of the Mississippi Constitution, which prohibits the use of public money for any school that is not “a free school.” Martin wrote that public funding for private schools adversely affects public schools and their students.