WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether school voucher programs like those favored by the Bush administration are a constitutional use of taxpayer money.
The court said it will hear three related cases arising from a program that provides tuition aid to parents of nearly 4,000 students in failing public schools in Cleveland.
Lower courts reached opposite conclusions about whether the program is unconstitutional government promotion of religion.
A high court ruling is expected by June.
The Ohio program offers the justices an opportunity for a broad ruling on a long-simmering political issue that generally pits social conservatives and some inner-city parents against civil liberties groups and teachers' unions.
School vouchers were a centerpiece of President Bush's education platform during his campaign.
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