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School Vouchers

April 9, 1999 • Volume 9, Issue 13
Should taxpayers help parents pay for private schools?
By Kathy Koch

Introduction

Voucher supporters try to interrupt an anti-woucher rally in the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 10, 1998. The anti-voucher demonstrators were trying to block voucher legislation from being introuduced in the legislature. (AP Photo, Paul Vathis)
Voucher supporters try to interrupt an anti-woucher rally in the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 10, 1998. The anti-voucher demonstrators were trying to block voucher legislation from being introuduced in the legislature. (AP Photo, Paul Vathis)

This month, Florida could adopt the nation's first statewide tuition voucher program. The Florida plan would give students at “failing” public schools state-funded “opportunity scholarships” that could be used to attend any school of their choice, including private religious schools. At least four other states are considering similar legislation. The constitutionality of using taxpayer money to send children to parochial schools was left unclear when the Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging the voucher program in Milwaukee. Opponents say vouchers siphon money from struggling public schools. Furthermore, they argue, there is no definitive proof that student performance has improved in districts with voucher programs. But public support for vouchers and other school-choice plans appears to be growing, especially among minorities.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Dec. 20, 2002  Charter Schools
Feb. 15, 2002  School Vouchers Showdown
May 04, 2001  Faith-Based Initiatives
Jan. 12, 2001  Religion in Schools
Apr. 09, 1999  School Vouchers
Jul. 18, 1997  School Choice Debate
Feb. 18, 1994  Religion in Schools
May 10, 1991  School Choice
Aug. 16, 1983  School Prayer
Apr. 20, 1979  Private School Resurgence
Sep. 02, 1967  Private Schooling
Sep. 12, 1947  Religion in the Schools
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Private Schools and Home Schooling
Religious Freedom
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