A voucher subsidy for religious and other private schools just passed the Pennsylvania Senate, and voucher schemes are bubbling in Ohio and Tennessee. Other states are wrestling with the issue as well.
As usual, proponents of the scheme are depicting vouchers as a way to ensure “educational choice.” But what they don’t tell you is that the “choice” remains with the religious and other private schools. It is they and not parents who decide who gets admitted to their classrooms.
… Religious Right activists support vouchers because they hate public education and want funding for fundamentalist academies and homeschoolers. The Catholic bishops want a bailout for their financially strapped parochial schools. Wealthy right-wing foundations and their political allies want to privatize all public services and break the power of the teachers’ unions, which serve as a bulwark for the public education system.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Americans who believe in public schools and church-state separation must speak up now! If we don’t, we are going to wind up with a nation where religious schools are fully funded with taxpayer dollars but not answerable to those taxpayers who foot the bill.
‘Educational Choice’ And Hooey: School Vouchers Help Religious Schools, Not Families | Americans United
By Janice Rael on October 27, 2011