the Issue Accountability or Funding Religious Education?
parents don't have options besides public schools, there
is no accountability. Accountability without
consequences means nothing….The system needs to be shaken
President George Bush
(excerpt) The Center for Education
The debate continues to escalate around the issue of School
Vouchers. This page is dedicated to providing links to
help parents examine the pros and cons of the proposed
school voucher system.
On the surface, it appears that if public schools are
dependant upon the positive or negative impressions they
leave upon parents, than the implementation of a voucher
system should translate into improved conditions for our
children educated within the system. Parental
dissatisfaction has fanned the flames of controversy on this
issue, and rightly so. Schools and school systems
performing poorly claim that vouchers will only worsen the
situation, parents are tired of waiting for "a brighter
day", and private schools are chomping at the bit for new
Now the religious implications are pulled into the equation.
Is it a matter of state funded religious education, or is it
the fact that labeling it so fuel's the fire of those
adamant about the separation of church and state? Take
the time to explore the issue, and come to your own
conclusions. This may very well be a turning point for
the deteriorating condition of the public school system.
What's Happening in the States
Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D.,
Jennifer J. Garrett,
and Janice A. Smith
The States, the District of
Columbia, Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico
New Study Shows that School Vouchers Boost the
Achievement of Low- Income African-Americans
William G. Howell, University of Wisconsin,
Patrick J. Wolf, Guest
Scholar, Governmental Studies Program, Paul E.
Peterson, Harvard, and David E. Campbell, Harvard.
Are low-income children helped
when they are able to use a voucher to switch from a
public to a private school? Recently, a research team that
included Patrick J. Wolf, Guest Scholar in Governmental
Studies at Brookings, analyzed the results of privately
funded voucher experiments in New York City; Dayton, Ohio;
and Washington, D.C.
The New York Times
By LINDA GREENHOUSE
June 27 — (excerpt)
The Supreme Court, concluding that Cleveland's voucher
plan was "a program of true private choice," today upheld
the use of public money for religious school tuition in a
decisive 5-to-4 ruling that the majority called a logical
outgrowth of recent decisions and the dissenters described
as a fundamental break with the past. (More)