The Supreme Court signals ruling for Missouri church looking to use state money for playground

Neil Gorsuch
Courtesy AP

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is signaling that it’ll rule for a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground.

The case is being argued before the justices Wednesday – and it’s being closely watched by proponents of school vouchers.

Liberal and conservative justices alike seem troubled by Missouri’s decision to exclude the church from a grant program that pays for playground surfaces made of recycled tires.

The court doesn’t appear ready to scuttle the case – even after Missouri’s governor announced last week that he was changing the policy that said churches couldn’t participate in the program.