Yet, what is a Pell Grant? Public funds that go to Private Institutions (University of Tulsa). What is Medicaid? Public funds that go to St. Francis (a religious institution). What did city of Enid do by buying Phillips University's land? Public funds to a private (religious) institution and now leases it BACK to them. On and on.Section 924. Use of Public Money or Property for Religious Purposes Prohibited.
No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.(Art. 2,ß 5, Okla. Const.)
State Board of Vocational and Technical Education cannot contract with private sectarian educational institution for such institution to offer a vocational training program. January 28, 1981 (AG Op. No. 80-196)
Special personnel and instructors and books and equipment paid for or purchased with public funds cannot be furnished students in private or parochial schools unless such students are enrolled in the public schools. AG Op. September 16, 1965
Transportation in a school district program approved under Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 cannot be used by pupils enrolled in private or parochial schools. AG Op. September 16, 1965
School personnel cannot be paid with public funds and furnished to parochial schools. AG Op. September 16, 1965
Use of public school buses for transporting parochial school pupils was forbidden under Constitution which prohibits use of pubic money or property for sectarian purposes. Transportation could not be justified on theory of public welfare. Board of Education for ISD No. 52 v. Antone, 384 P.2d 911 (Okla. 1963)
This law IS constitutional and under precedent of settled law shall be construed as constitutional until such time as it is proved egregiously to the contrary.
Furthermore, the districts have ALWAYS had Injunctive Relief and Summary Judgement available to them to block this law. They've chosen NOT to do so. WHY?! Because it would take money OUT of their General Funds. Once they're sued they can combine their Legal Funds (which do NOT adversely affect their fiscal budgets) and go to war fully funded. In essence their being cheap bastards all the way around.