ON-Lion Letter
The Institute for Justice (IJ) in Washington, D.C., has pledged to help defend Utah's new universal school-choice program against any legal challenges brought against it.  IJ has long been supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.

On February 12, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., signed a school-choice bill that will provide student scholarships worth between $500 to $3,000, based on  family income, to parents for use at any eligible private school, including religious schools.  All current public-school students are eligible, as are private-school students whose families qualify for the federal free- and reduced-price lunch program.

Before the law passed, the Utah Education Association (UAE) suggested that it would mount legal challenges to it.  If and when UAE does so, IJ will attempt to intervene in the litigation on behalf of parents who would like to participate in the program, as it has successfully done before in Milwaukee and Cleveland.

"The right to choose something as important as your child's school should be a fundamental right," noted Chip Mellor, IJ's president and general counsel, on the day Huntsman signed the law.  "Today, that right becomes a reality in Utah, and we will vigorously defend parental choice against any legal challenge."
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