This information is making the rounds on various news sources. Bethel Christian Academy in Savage, MD is suing the state, accusing Maryland’s Department of Education of discrimination because he state removed the school’s low income students from receiving free meal vouchers because the school’s handbook endorses marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The state has also stated that Bethel Christian Academy must pay back over $100,000 from the two years it participated in the program.

Here is a link to the lawsuit information:  http://www.adfmedia.org/files/BethelComplaint.pdf

Here is information via Fox 45 in Baltimore:

Here are a couple of additional sources for information:

Maryland Christian school sues after being evicted from voucher program: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/maryland-christian-school-sues-after-being-evicted-from-voucher-program-39692

Howard Co. Christian school accuses state of discrimination: https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/howard-co-christian-school-accuses-state-of-discrimination

Christian School Kicked Out of Voucher Program for Biblical Views on Sexuality: https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/06/27/christian-charter-school-kicked-out-of-voucher-program-for-biblical-views-on-sexuality/

Maryland officials deny low-income kids school vouchers if they choose Christian school: http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/10784

Maryland punishes grade school for Christian beliefs, sparks lawsuit: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/maryland-punishes-grade-school-for-christian-beliefs-sparks-lawsuit

If you want to learn more about Bethel Christian Academy (BCA)…visit their website here: https://www.bethelchristianacademy.com/.

Some interesting facts about BCA (information found in the lawsuit documentation):

  • For the 2018-2019 school year, Bethel has 281 enrolled students in preschool through 8th grade.
  • Bethel serves an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student population.
  • Over 85% of Bethel’s current student population is nonwhite.
  • Bethel’s student population represents approximately 40 different nations.
  • Approximately 20% of Bethel’s students qualify to receive free or reduced-price lunches.

Plus there is this information you might find helpful:

Via website: The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provides scholarships for some students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price meals program to attend eligible nonpublic schools. Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first.

Participating Schools for the BOOST Scholarship Program 2019-2020 School Year: http://marylandpublicschools.org/Documents/boost/20192020/BOOSTParticipatingSchools2019-2020.pdf

Have thoughts on this topic…let me know in the comments.

Scott E

4 COMMENTS

  1. This is why there MUST be a separation of church and state. The BOOST program was bound to hit a snag and this is it. I’m ALL for feeding poor/needy children, but if Churches and other religious schools want to accept money from the state, then they are obligated to abide by the rules of the state. BOOST was a bad idea to begin with and it should be rescinded and the money placed back into the public schools that it was “sucked” from.

  2. It’s time that the state stops punishing people for that which is morally and biblically correct. What does having compassion on children, who need a good meal have to do with adhering to some biased distorted law. The conduct of the state is immoral and they are exhibiting a bigoted response. Those who stand for moral biblical issues are called bigots, but the reality is, the system that only want’s their views adhered to are the true extremists and bigots. Those who take their intolerant views out on children, are truly showing their true colors.

  3. Lisa, this is not why church and state must be separated. It was never meant to be that way with our founding fathers. As for the money being taken from public schools. Let me remind you Lisa, that if public schools would stop trying to undermine families who have biblically based God ordained stances on moral issues, private and Christian schools would never have been established and the money you are referring to would still be in the state funds. The state and those like your self created the problem and now you and they wish to punish innocent children by depriving them of a good meal. That’s about as uncompassionate and immoral as one can get – using children as a pawn.

  4. This particular article is misleading in some basic facts. It is not MEAL vouchers that are in question – it is TUITION scholarships. What low-income students are being denied is a choice for their education. It should be noted that Bethel Christian Academy fulfilled all of the requirements of the BOOST Program and yet was removed from the program solely due to its religious beliefs. If state funding is made available to non-public schools at all, then schools that hold specific religious beliefs cannot be excluded — that is discriminatory and unconstitutional. That is what is happening; thus the lawsuit.

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