Should Government Vouchers Be Given to Pay for Private Schools, Even if They're Religious Schools?
Overview/BackgroundThe first amendment of the Constitution says in part that the U.S. government cannot establish a state religion nor prohibit the free exercise of religion. This clause has been interpreted over the years to mean there should be an impenetrable wall between church and state. As far as the educational system is concerned, it means that government cannot forcibly introduce religion into studies or subsidize its teaching. Many Americans disagree with this interpretation.
The issue has once again come up for debate in various school choice programs. This allows parents to choose which school their children attend regardless of religion. Public schools are already fully funded by the government with U.S. tax dollars. If the parents choose a private school in the area, a "voucher" is given to the family which pays the cost of tuition at the private school. The program was developed due to the failure of public schools in many urban areas of the country. These programs have already started up in areas such as Cleveland and Milwaukee.
Wikipedia - School Vouchers
Arguments For School Vouchers
Arguments Against School Vouchers
The Lessons of School Choice
Why School Vouchers Can Help Inner-City Kids
What Does a Voucher Buy? A Closer Look at the Cost of Private Schools
Written by: Joe Messerli