NEA-opposed legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate that can undermine federal education programs through the creation of private school vouchers. The Scholarships for Kids Act (S. 1968/H.R. 4000) by Sen. Alexander (R-TN) and Rep. Messer (R-IN) would repeal a large number of ESEA programs and give states the option of using their ESEA Title I, Part A allocation for a “Scholarships for Kids” program that includes public and private schools. And the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education Act (S. 1909) by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) would expand the District of Columbia voucher program, allow federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds to be used for state voucher programs for students with disabilities, and establish a pilot voucher program for military dependents. Reps. Rokita (R-IN) and McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introduced the House companion.
Take Action: Urge your Members of Congress to Oppose Private School Vouchers
- Five Talking Points on Vouchers
"What have you got against private school vouchers?" your brother-in-law demands over Sunday dinner. Ah, if he only knew the facts.
NEA opposes school vouchers because they divert essential resources from public schools to private and religious schools, while offering no real "choice" for the overwhelming majority of students.
Teachers, parents, and the general public have long opposed private school tuition vouchers — especially when funds for vouchers compete with funds for overall improvements in America's public schools. NEA and its affiliates have been leaders in the fight to improve public schools— and oppose alternatives that divert attention, energy, and resources from efforts to reduce class size, enhance teacher quality, and provide every student with books, computers, and safe and orderly schools.
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Evaluations of Existing Voucher Programs
School Vouchers: The Emerging Track Record
NEA produced this overview of independent evaluations of existing voucher programs. (2002)