“We don’t think agencies that discriminate or use religion to discriminate should be receiving our federal or government funds,” said Peter Simonson with the ACLU. He’s referring to a 3-year-old kept from enrolling in prekindergarten at Albuquerque’s Hope Christian School, because he has two dads.
The school is private, and it’s free from “excessive government interference in matters of religion.” It qualifies for that money under federal guidelines. The school will receive more than $60,000 in federal tax dollars this school year. That money will be used for educator professional development, according to the state’s Public Education Department.