With the 1970 amendment, Michigan’s Constitution became one of the most repressive in the country with respect to parental choice involving nonpublic schools. In an attempt to limit state support to religious schools, advocates of the amendment foreclosed the opportunity for nonpublic school educational choice programs that were religion-neutral and consistent with state and federal constitutional requirements. Michigan residents have lived with the result for over a quarter of a century.

The passing of more than two decades has brought about change in Michigan. Nonpublic schools are attracting more students, support for parental choice in education is growing rapidly, and it is not clear that 1970s Proposal C would pass in our present day. It is time to reevaluate the language that is openly hostile and punitive to parents who would like to send their children to a nonpublic school without having to pay twice.