DVAU Vice-President Janice Rael is interviewed by the York Daily Record for an article on school vouchers.
The article opens by explaining that vouchers do not pay for 100% of a religious school’s tuition, leaving the poorest parents out of the voucher loop, while middle class families struggle to pay for the portion of the tuition that the vouchers don’t cover. Later in the article, the church-state argument against vouchers is given.
Janice Rael, founder and vice president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said her group opposes vouchers for several reasons.
She said it violates the separation of church and state, since more than 80 percent of private schools are parochial and would receive public tax dollars.Religions have flourished due to the First Amendment, she said. Continued expansion of vouchers will inevitably lead to government intrusion into religion, she added.