School Vouchers Showdown

February 15, 2002 • Volume 12, Issue 6
How will the Supreme Court rule?
By Kenneth Jost

Introduction

State-funded tuition vouchers help many students attend Cleveland's St. Adalbert Roman Catholic school. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a case questioning whether the voucher program aids religious schools in violation of the Constitution. (Courtesy Institute for Justice)
State-funded tuition vouchers help many students attend Cleveland's St. Adalbert Roman Catholic school. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a case questioning whether the voucher program aids religious schools in violation of the Constitution. (Courtesy Institute for Justice)

After raging for more than a decade, the school vouchers debate is headed for a constitutional showdown. On Feb. 20, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a challenge to the six-year-old program in Cleveland that provides public funds for tuition at religious and other private schools. A federal appeals court ruled the program improperly subsidizes religious schools. Voucher supporters hope to reverse the ruling and eliminate constitutional doubts over vouchers, which they say improve educational opportunities and spur educational reform. Opponents say that whatever the high court rules, they will continue to resist vouchers because they divert money and attention from public schools — the schools attended by 90 percent of U.S. children.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Religion and Schools
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
Privatization of Government Functions
Religion and Education