Relying on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Education Department announced Monday that religiously affiliated organizations will be eligible to provide services to low-income students attending private schools.

Under the “equitable services” provision of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, low-income students attending private schools are eligible for tutoring and other services like their peers at public schools. Private schools, which may decline to participate, work with school districts to negotiate the services they need, and the district then provides the services using its own personnel or pays a third party service provider.

The current version of that law, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, requires that those service providers be “independent of…any religious organization.”


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