WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: The U.S. Supreme Court on April 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. Supreme Court Justices are currently hearing arguments via teleconference on whether school officials have authority over what students say when they are not on campus. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that religious schools can’t be excluded from a Maine program that offers tuition aid for private education. It’s a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money. The most immediate effect of the court’s decision beyond Maine will be next door in Vermont, which has a similar program. But Tuesday’s outcome also could fuel a renewed push for school choice programs in some of the 18 states that so far have not directed taxpayer money to private, religious education.