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School Vouchers As A Legal Sanction

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Publication Date: December 2001

Publisher(s): Reason Foundation

Author(s): Lisa Snell

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)

Type: Report


School vouchers--which enable students to attend non-public schools of their choice--have generated heated controversy since they were first introduced as a solution to failing public schools. School-choice opponents argue that vouchers lead to a dichotomy of "haves" and "have nots," wherein some students are unfairly left behind in the failing public schools. This paper will examine the tension between programs that use vouchers as a legal sanction versus the traditional concept of vouchers as a way to empower parents with more educational choices for their children.