Re: “Kids in failing schools deserve a chance” (Forum, Dec. 4).
I must disagree with the Rev. Britt Starghill about school vouchers. The proposed Opportunity Scholarship Act is not in the best interest of the state.
The amount of money available to voucher recipients is typically not enough to cover tuition at more exclusive private schools, leaving religious schools as the only option. In fact, in cities with voucher programs up to 85 percent of the voucher recipients send their children to Catholic schools.
The plan violates the New Jersey Constitution, which clearly states that public funds are not to be used for religious education. This is a clear violation of church-state separation. Churches and religious groups should be supported by voluntary contributions, not taxpayer dollars. Furthermore, religious schools are free to discriminate against both students and employees based on race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Public funds should not subsidize this.
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