Is the Issue Accountability or Funding Religious Education?
"If parents don't have options besides public schools, there is no accountability. Accountability without consequences means nothing….The system needs to be shaken up." President George Bush (excerpt) The Center for Education Reform More
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 students.
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.
School Choice 2001: What's Happening in the States
Edited by 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 (Brookings Institute ) 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. More
Supreme Court Upholds Voucher System That Pays Religious Schools' Tuition
The New York Times
By LINDA GREENHOUSE
ASHINGTON, 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)
US Dept of Education:
State Information and Contacts
NEA President Bob Chase: The Real School Choice
The Heritage Foundation: School Choice 2001:
What's Happening in the States
Education Week on the Web:
A Great Day, or Dark One, for Schools?
The Heritage Foundation: Why Vouchers are needed for Poor Children
National Education Assoc:
Voucher System Would Hurt Schools
CNN.com: Voucher Study Shows Gains for Black Students
School Choice Info.org:
Public School Choice
Alternative, Magnet, and Interdistrict
Friedman Foundation.org: About School Choice
Institute for Justice.org: School Choice Research Center
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research: Why Vouchers can help Inner City Children