PA’s voucher program benefits religious schools. Your tax dollars are going to fund someone else’s religious beliefs and teachings.
Of the 384 schools that had been approved by the state for the program as of Tuesday, only five public schools — two in Clarion County and three in Schuylkill County — had signed up to accept the lower-income students from the “under-achieving” schools.
Three-hundred forty, or fully 89 percent of the schools on the state’s list, had some religious affiliation, according to a Mercury analysis.
That’s a red flag for Gregory M. Lipper, senior litigation counsel for Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “The program in Pennsylvania is certainly one we’re concerned with,” Lipper said Wednesday. “It’s basically taxpayer money going to fund religion,” he said.
The vast majority of the schools on the state list of “receiving schools” have a Christian affiliation and a vast majority of those are Catholic schools which, at least in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, have been closing schools in the face of declining enrollment.