New Mexico Supreme Court won’t rehear textbook case

The Associated Press

FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Supreme Court says it will not rehear a case about the state’s practice of buying textbooks for private and religious schools.

The New Mexican reports that the court on Thursday reiterated its mid-November ruling that the practice violates the state constitution by using public funds for private schools.

About 40 New Mexico private schools had joined a Washington, D.C.-based religious liberties group to request the rehearing.

The case started with a 2012 lawsuit by Cathy “Cate” Moses of Santa Fe and Paul Weinbaum of Las Cruces, parents of public school students who claimed the practice takes money away from public schools.

An attorney for Modrell Sperling Law Firm, which asked the Supreme Court to rehear the case, declined to comment.