December 12, 2012
"Quebec's 'totalitarian' take on religious education in high school"
Here is a link to a column by Barbara Kay on a recent decision from the Quebec Court of Appeal rejecting Loyola High School's request for an exemption from the requirement that the school teach the province's mandated program called "Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC)."http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/12/12/barbara-kay-quebecs-totalitarian-take-on-religious-education-in-high-school/
Parents in the US have had very little success in seeking opt-outs from the public school curriculum. I haven't read the court's opinion, which I think is only available in French. Perhaps the case is complicated by Canada's system of providing public funding for private education, although that seems unlikely since the ERC apparently also applies to homeschoolers.
I suspect that the case would be decided the same way in the US, at least as a matter of US constitutional law.
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