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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – By a 5-4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling, which found using public money to send children to private, religious schools was unconstitutional.

Sen. Patty Murray released the following statement:

"Despite the Court's ruling, vouchers are still bad policy for our public schools, and I don't expect Congress to abandon its opposition to them. To divert scarce public resources away from our public schools for the benefit of a few children is a dramatic departure from our national goal of educating every child.

Public funds should be spent on the public schools that educate 90 percent of America's children.

The recently enacted bipartisan education reform law demands accountability for better results from schools, teachers, and students for all public schools. However, different rules apply to private schools, which are not held accountable for results.

No private schools have to give President Bush's new annual tests in grades 3-8. Public schools do.

No private schools are held accountable when students fail. Public schools are.

No private schools are required to accept all children that want to attend. Public schools are.

No private schools are required to ensure that every child is taught by a highly qualified teacher. Public schools are.

No private schools are required to provide parents with report cards on how well they are doing. Public schools are.

We should help communities improve their public schools. Instead of draining much-needed resources from the public schools, we need to ensure that public schools have the resources to implement proven, effective reforms -- not in a few schools, but in all schools; not for a few students, but for all students. To borrow a phrase, we must do all we can to ensure that no child is left behind."