CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 27, 2002 ( – The US Supreme Court ruled today that Cleveland’s school voucher program is constitutional.  The 5-4 decision in the case referred to as Zelman v. Simmons-Harris is a major victory for proponents of school vouchers.  Chief Justice William Rehnquist said the program did not violate the separation of church vs. state but rather provided choice.  “It permits such individuals to exercise genuine choice among options public and private, secular and religious. The program is therefore a program of true private choice,” Rehnquist said in the 21-page ruling.  Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer dissented.  Breyer complained that the ruling “turns the clock back” to a view the high court rejected more than half a century ago.  The full ruling can be found at:   See the Mercury News coverage: