Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

2000 Elections: Vouchers, Other Matters Fail

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

2000 Elections: Vouchers, Other Matters Fail

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Buried among the discussions about Florida and the fate of the presidency, several states had key education issues on their ballots that led to some clear decisions.

Perhaps the two mostly closely watched races were the school voucher questions in California and Michigan, both of which were defeated. Under the proposal in California, all children would have been given a $4,000 voucher for private school if their parents requested it. In Michigan, only students in failing school districts would have been eligible for vouchers.

Following the measure's defeat in the Golden State, Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, who opposed the plan, was pleased. "The answer to improving public schools is staying on the path that we are on," he told the Associated Press.

Among the other education measures voted on were:

* In South Carolina, voters approved a plan to establish a state lottery where proceeds would help pay for education. The measure was instituted in part to win back money the state was losing to Georgia, an adjacent state with a lottery. Estimates placed the amount of money lost to Georgia at about $150 million annually. Arkansas voters, on the other hand, rejected a plan to establish a lottery, in addition to allowing casino gambling, even though the plan would have helped fund education, as in South Carolina. …

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