- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has turned down an appeal in a dispute over public aid for private schools.

A judge last month put a freeze on $2.5 million for fire drills, inspections and other state requirements at private schools. The money was approved by lawmakers in 2016, but critics say it violates the Michigan Constitution.

The appeals court on Monday said it found no grounds to get involved immediately. It means the injunction will stand. The court still is determining whether private schools can intervene in the lawsuit by public school groups.

Michael Steinberg of the American Civil Liberties Union says Michigan tax dollars can’t go to private schools, directly or indirectly.

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