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Sacramento Freethinkers Atheists & Nonbelievers (FAN) Message Board › Tell Your Legislators to Oppose DC Vouchers!

Tell Your Legislators to Oppose DC Vouchers! Keep Public Money in Public Schools!

Rachael
Rachael_H
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 117
This an email from Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU). [I encourage everyone to become a member of our local Sacramento Chapter]:

As you may have heard, House Speaker John Boehner is leading the charge to send taxpayer money to private and religious schools in the District of Columbia. The day after President Obama’s State of the Union speech, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) introduced HR 471 and S 206, which would restart and expand the failed DC school voucher experiment.

The DC voucher program was initially passed as a 5-year pilot program in 2003 to divert your federal tax dollars to a $7,500 voucher for DC students to attend private and religious schools. Since implementation, numerous Government reports have shown that this program is ineffective and does not improve education. Equally troubling are the findings in these reports that 84% of students in the program use the voucher to attend parochial schools that integrate religion into their curriculum and have little to no accountability.

When the program expired, Congress recognized its failures and voted to phase out the program, limiting it to only those students who were already in the program. But, one of the first priorities of the new House leadership is to reauthorize it and open it to new students. And, with the Speaker behind it, it may move quickly.

Take action now by writing your members of Congress today and telling them to oppose the DC voucher program!
Roberto L.
rleibman
Roseville, CA
Post #: 22
Even if you don't like public schools there's a good argument to be made against vouchers. Vouchers give governments access to private schools... sooner or later any voucher will come attached with some "standards" that private schools will have to comply, and at that point any real school choice is effectively non-existing.
Now... tax deductions for private school tuition... a whole different thing.
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