According to hhs.gov, religious schools can receive government funding for non-religious activities. As with most things religion related, this seems like it could be controversial in the US, and possibly viewed by some as an attack on the k-12 system, while others would likely view it as freedom of religion.

Have any US politicians proposed completely removing funding from religious schools?

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    The page you linked to is about faith-based organizations, not specifically schools. Do religious schools really perform the kinds of social activities that receive public funding?
    – Barmar
    Dec 17, 2021 at 0:10
  • The "attack on the k-12 system" is for providing funding for any schools outside the public school systems, not specifically religious schools.
    – Barmar
    Dec 17, 2021 at 0:11
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    FYI, there's currently a case before SCOTUS, scotusblog.com/2021/12/…, about Maine not providing subsidies for students to attend parochial schools. They'll only pay for students to attend non-religious private schools (they do this for children who don't have any local public school).
    – Barmar
    Dec 17, 2021 at 0:14
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    While slightly beyond the scope of your question, many state constitutions in the U.S. expressly prohibit state funding of religious schools (e.g. Colorado).
    – ohwilleke
    Dec 17, 2021 at 21:44
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    Would you accept a libertarian politician who had proposed removing all schools from government involvement?
    – Dan
    Dec 19, 2021 at 23:30

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This is a challenging question to answer, given the information on voting at the state legislative level is so disparate, but I will do my best with the information I have.

Certainly we see that there is resistance at the state legislative level to provide public funding to religious schools from select elected officials, but it is challenging to compile the voting history of each representative ad-hoc to give you a full comprehensive answer.

With that in mind, we see, most recently, in South Carolina, a bill was recently introduced, H. 3591. This bill, proposed by the republican constituency, aims to REPEAL SECTION 4, ARTICLE XI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE STATE OR ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS PROVIDING DIRECT AID TO RELIGIOUS OR OTHER PRIVATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

The South Carolina House passed the resolution (Yeas: 83; Nays: 27; Excused Absence: 3; Not Voting: 11), and data on the representatives opposed vs in favor can be found here.

One key opponent, Rep. Joseph Jefferson (D-Berkeley), voiced his concerns over the proposed bill, and also voted in line with his concerns.

I would love to build a more cohesive view of this, compiling first the current elected officials of a given state legislature, and then layering on their voting histories to collate a single source of truth for this type of data.

Full disclosure, I am currently building a site that compiles this data on the federal level(EG this is a SC rep's voting history at the federal level), but if enough interest is shown for this type of data at the state level I would be happy to pull it together.

Your question is very reasonable, and it's a shame that it is so difficult to give a more comprehensive answer to it.

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