The Case against School Vouchers


Should public funds be used to support nonpublic education? Controversy over that question has raged since early in the nineteenth century. Today the debate centers around elementary and secondary school tuition vouchers. Many different voucher plans have been proposed, but what they all have in common is payment from public funds for expenses incurred for nonpublic education. No one disputes the right of religious bodies to operate private schools or the right of parents to send their children to them. But should government use its taxing power to compel involuntary support for religious institutions? This book summarizes the case against school vouchers, providing evidence and documentation for each argument. The authors demonstrate that voucher proposals threaten religious freedom, an already overburdened economy, the democratic structure of American education, community interfaith harmony, and core American values.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Amherst, NY
Publication year:
  • 1996