Back in the early 1990s when officials in the state of Wisconsin passed a voucher plan, people were assured that the idea was to help poor students trapped in underperforming public schools. Read more
Nevada has adopted a sweeping expansion of its school choice program, making individual savings accounts available to parents sending children to sectarian and even home schools. The Washington Post reports that parents will have $5,000 at their disposal to use on state-approved educational materials, including tuition, books and transportation. Gov. Read more
Many American “school choice” advocates dream of a nationwide, taxpayer-funded private school voucher system available to all students. Such a program actually exists in Sweden, but its disastrous results could be enough to frighten even the staunchest “choice” zealot. Read more
Let’s say you work as a teacher in a Catholic school in Cincinnati and your old friend, who is gay, invites you to New York to attend his same-sex wedding. You attend and snap some photos of this happy event, which you post on Facebook.
The school can fire you for that.
Let’s say you have another friend who, along with her husband, has struggled to conceive. The couple uses in vitro fertilization and gets good news: They’re going to have a baby. You use Twitter to send a message of congratulations to your friend.
The school can fire you for that. Read more
I spent the weekend in Indianapolis, where I took part in “Civic Day,” an annual event co-sponsored by Americans United’s Indiana Chapter and the Center for Inquiry-Indiana.
One of the topics discussed was vouchers. I gave an overview of the sectarian and secular groups that promote taxpayer aid for religious education and discussed what motivates them. Read more
Are Ohio residents too dumb to fully take advantage of the state’s voucher program? Some “school-choice” advocates seem to imply as much.
The Mansfield News Journal reported that the vast majority of Ohio’s EdChoice “scholarships” – they’re really vouchers – which are available to students in so-called “failing” schools, were not claimed for the current school year. Read more
It’s that time of year when people are compiling lists. So let’s look at the Top Ten Church-State Stories of 2013.
It seems that every objective report on Louisiana’s ever-expanding school voucher program exposes serious problems, and the latest audits are no exception.
A federal report released before Christmas by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said Louisiana’s voucher program has increased segregation in at least 15 public schools. According to the report, those schools would have been more racially integrated had some students not left because they received vouchers. Read more