The separation of preschool and state

By Alex Oliveira • April 23, 2017 • 6:15 A.m.

This week, the Supreme Court will be hearing Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, a case that has rapidly acquired a pivotal role in the debate over the separation of church and state. The church, which runs a preschool known as the Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center (TLCLC), recently applied for a grant from the state of Missouri to purchase rubber tires as a base for its playground. The school was denied the grant on the basis that it is a religious institution and therefore cannot receive public funding without breaching the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.

As of now, it appears that the Supreme Court will likely rule in favor of the preschool. I believe this ruling should be conditional to account not only for the importance of preserving the separation of church and state, but also for the roles of public and private institutions in American society.